GenreBiography, Drama ScreenplayManoel de Oliveira CountryFrance
Release date5 May 1997 (1997-05-05) WriterManoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Jacques Parsi (translation: French) CastManoel de Oliveira (Driver), Marcello Mastroianni (Manoel), Leonor Silveira (Judite), Jean-Yves Gautier (Afonso), Diogo Doria (Duarte) Similar moviesSet in Portugal, Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, Marcello Mastroianni movies
Manoel (Marcello Mastroianni), an aging film director, takes a road trip across Portugal with his actors, Afonso (Jean-Yves Gautier), Judite (Leonor Silveira) and Duarte (Diogo Doria). Along the way, he points out various spots of personal importance. However, the trip is really for the benefit of Afonso, who is part-Portuguese, and who feels compelled to visit his aunt Maria (Isabel de Castro) in a remote village. But bonding will be tough, since Maria is skeptical of outsiders.
Voyage to the Beginning of the World (Portuguese: , French: ) is a 1997 Portuguese-French drama film directed by Manoel de Oliveira and starring Marcello Mastroianni. It was Mastroiannis final film.
Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in process remembers his own youth.
French actor Alfonso visits the Portuguese village where his father once left. He is accompagnied by the film director Manoel who hereby returns to the places of his childhood. Together with two other actors who serve as translators they make it to the remote village and meet the estranged kin.
Marcello Mastroianni as Manoel
Jean-Yves Gautier as Afonso
Leonor Silveira as Judite
Diogo Doria as Duarte
Isabel de Castro as Maria Afonso
Cecile Sanz de Alba as Christina
Jose Pinto as Jose Afonso
Adelaide Teixeira as Woman
Isabel Ruth as Olga
Manoel de Oliveira as Driver
Jose Maria Vaz da Silva as Assistant
Fernando Bento as Man 1
Mario Moutinho as Man 2
Jorge Mota as Man 3
Sara Alves as Girl
Helder Esteves as Boy
The film was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.