Word and Utopia


2h 10m 2000

Brief Synopsis

In 1663, Father Antonio Vieira, a famous Jesuit priest who was a close friend of the late King Joao IV, is summoned before the Tribunal of the terrible Inquisition. His position there is weakened by plots and misunderstandings. In front of the judges, Vieira reviews his past: his youth spent in Braz

Film Details

Also Known As
Parole et Utopie
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Rtp Radio E Televisao De Portugal; Wanda Visión S.A.
Distribution Company
Hispano Foxfilms; Mikado Film

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Synopsis

In 1663, Father Antonio Vieira, a famous Jesuit priest who was a close friend of the late King Joao IV, is summoned before the Tribunal of the terrible Inquisition. His position there is weakened by plots and misunderstandings. In front of the judges, Vieira reviews his past: his youth spent in Brazil and as a novitiate in Bahia, his involvement in the Indian cause, and his first successes in the pulpit. After the Inquisition deprives him of his freedom of speech, he flees to Rome where he achieves a good reputation and much success. The Pope decides to keep him within his jurisdiction. Queen Christina of Sweden, who had been living in Rome since her abdication, keeps Vieira at court and insists he become her confessor. But Vieira misses his country and returns to Portugal. There, the cold reception by the new king, Dom Pedro, persuades him to leave for Brazil where he spends his final days.

Film Details

Also Known As
Parole et Utopie
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Rtp Radio E Televisao De Portugal; Wanda Visión S.A.
Distribution Company
Hispano Foxfilms; Mikado Film

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 2001

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (World Greats) August 24 - September 4, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States Winter January 1, 2001

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (World Greats) August 24 - September 4, 2000.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.

Director Manoel de Oliveira compiled the film's screenplay from the collected sermons of a 17th-century Jesuit priest.