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Journey to the Beginning of the World

Journey to the Beginning of the World

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Release in France : 04/06/1997


    A Portuguese film director hires a French actor. The film is a Franco-Portuguese co-production. The French actor's father was originally Portuguese, although his mother was French. His father died very young and, during the shoot, he starts thinking about his dead father. He decides to visit his father's village, hoping to meet a surviving aunt .

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    Afonso :

    - It was like a strange journey into my imagination. At last I was seeing places my father talked about endlessly. It was like travelling back in time.

    Manoel :

    - You hugged your aunt for all you were worth. Me, all my childhood friends, my brother Casimiro, all my old friends, there's no one left. A long life is a gift from God. But there is a price to pay.

    Duarte :

    - Well, well, our director wants a free ride.

    (Extract from the film’s dialogue)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Adaptation :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Paul Mugel

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

    Production Designers :

    Maria-José Branco, Ze Branco

    Foley artist :

    Nicolas Becker

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-François Auger

    Assistant Director :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Production managers :

    Antonio Gonçalo, Élisabeth Bocquet

    Editor :

    Valérie Loiseleux

    Music Composer :

    Emmanuel Nunes

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Favila

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

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    Production language :

    Portuguese, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 33 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)


    Out of Competition