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The Fifth Empire

The Fifth Empire

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Release in France : 04/05/2005


    With the intention of creating a Portuguese empire, Dom Sebastiao sets off for Africa to fight in the name of Christ. In 1578, he faces a Muslim sultan during the Battle of Alcacer Quibir, but mysteriously disappears without trace. This tragic disappearance gives birth to the myth of the hidden king. In Portugal, this heroic myth is manifested by the arrival of a king on a white horse one misty morning. His return has an ultimate aim: to save humanity from evil.
    In his castle, Dom Sebastiao conceptualizes the idea of a Christian Portuguese empire. With this in mind, he deems it necessary to leave for Africa in order to extend his empire.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

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    Full credits (11)

    Assistant Director :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Production Manager :

    Alexandre Valente

    Editor :

    Valérie Loiseleux

    Production Designer :

    Ze Branco

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Author of original work :

    José Régio

    Director of photography :

    Sabine Lancelin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Continuity supervisor :

    Júlia Buisel

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Branco

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Historical

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 7 min

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    Dolby SRD