Directed by Jom Tob Azuley
Set during the Spanish
Inquisition, this provocative, unusual Portuguese film is based on the true story of
Antonio da Silva, a talented playwright and writer in 18th-century Portugal who is accused
of heresy: still secretly being a Jew, even after converting to Catholicism. He must stand
up to a ferocious Church hierarchy at odds with a decadent monarchy. "Even more
hair-raising than The Crucible
. An incongruously beautiful period film"
(Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). Portuguese with English subtitles.
Portugal/Brazil. 85 minutes.