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Adapted from the historic memoirs of 16th-century explorer Fernao Mendes Pinto, this sea-faring epic was an Official Oscar Entry from Portugal.

Over a span of twenty years, 16th-century Portuguese explorer Fernao Mendes Pinto lived a life of unparalleled adventure while traveling across the continent of Asia as a soldier, merchant, diplomat, pirate, and missionary. Shipwrecked and taken prisoner numerous times, he was one of the first Europeans to visit Japan and was even sentenced to a year of hard labor on the Great Wall of China.

Adapted from his posthumously published memoirs and featuring songs from folk musician Fausto Bordalo Dias, this newly remastered sea-faring epic from acclaimed director Joao Botelho was Portugal’s Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

  • WINNER – Best Make-Up / Special Effects, Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Awards 2018
  • NOMINEE – Best Director; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Original Music; Best Editing; Best Actor (Cláudio da Silva); Best Supporting Actress (Catarina Wallenstein), Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Awards
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – European Union Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Lisbon Sintra Film Festival

“The kind of movie one fears is going out of style forever. A historical action drama, serious in tone and intent but also invested in delivering movie-movie thrills.”RogerEbert.com

“Exotic, gorgeous and often brutal. Highly Recommended.” – Irv Slifkin, Film Historian.

“An equally ambiguous and artificial film object in three chapters, which combines literary storytelling, imagined family stories, theatre-driven performances and musical sequences.” – Vitor Pinto, Cineuropa

2017 / Historical Drama / 108 minutes / Color / Portuguese w/English subtitles / A film by João Botelho


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