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World Premiere


Directed by Luís Ismael

Portugal | 85 minutes | 2021

Portuguese with English subtitles

This historical drama is based on a true story: the visitation by the Inquisition to Porto in 1618. At the time the entire population was exhorted to denounce heresies under pain of ex-communication. In a city where a large part of the population had Jewish ancestry, over one hundred New Christians, among others, were imprisoned, causing terror in the New Christian community, mass emigration, and the near-total destruction of the city’s economy. Friction between Porto’s judicial authorities, which had always been on good terms with the New Christians, and the inquisitorial visitation reached such a point that guards on horseback surrounded the ecclesiastical court, preventing the “heretics” in custody from being transported to Coimbra. The Visitor even traveled to Spain to give Philip II an account of the events that transpired.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with producer Dara Jeffries, Dr. Michael Rothwell, and moderator Genie Milgrom. To view the conversation please click here.

Director Luís Ismael
Countries of Production Portugal
Year of Presentation 2021
Language(s) Portuguese with English subtitles
Premiere Status World Premiere
Runtime 85 minutes
Principal Cast Pedro Laginha, Francisco Beatriz, Catarina Lacerda, Mafalda Banquart
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