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Word and Utopia

Word and Utopia

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 17/01/2001


    In 1663, Father Antonio Vieira is summoned to Coimbra to face trial by the Holy Office, the dreaded Inquisition. Intrigues at court and a brief fall from favor have undermined the stature of the famous Jesuit cleric and former close friend of the late king, Joao IV. Standing before the judges, Father Vieira revisits his past: his childhood in Brazil, his years as a novice in Bahia, his commitment to the Indians and his first great successes from the pulpit. Banned from preaching by the Inquisition, he travels to Rome, where his reputation and record of achievements persuade the Pope to place him under his sole jurisdiction. Queen Christina of Sweden, residing in Rome since her abdication, takes Father Vieira into her court and insists on his becoming her confessor....

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Madragoa Filmes, Wanda Films, RTP - Radiotelevisao Portuguesa

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    News agency (France) :

    Le Public Système Cinéma

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    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Screenwriter :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Maïkoff

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Branco

    Assistant directors :

    Linda Gabbay, José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Sound Assistant :

    Yves-Marie Omnès

    Editor :

    Valérie Loiseleux

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, Spain, France

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    Minority French (Portugal, Spain, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2000

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


    Official International Selection

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2000

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2000)

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    Official Competition