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(Hristo Shopov as Pontius Pilate)



Image YEAR: 2006.

DIRECTED BY: Giulio Base.

MAIN CAST: Daniele Liotti, Hristo Shopov, Dolph Lundgren, Max von Sidow, Murray Abraham, Mónica Cruz, Ornella Muti, Anna Kanakis, Christo Jivkov, Francesca de Sapio and Enrico Lo Verso.

PRODUCED BY: Carla Capotondi, Enrique Cerezo, Fulvio Lucisano, Paola Lucisano, Christian Mercuri, Salvatore Morello and John Thompson.

WRITTEN BY: Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Ennio Flaiano, Valerio Manfredi and Andrea Porporati.

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Andrea Morricone.

RUNTIME: 100 minutes (theatres) / 188 minutes (TV).

COUNTRY: Italy - Spain.

GENRE: Adventure | History.



What if Pontius Pilate had written to Emperor Tiberius about Jesus and His new Galilean sect?

What if Tiberius had sent someone to investigate Jesus of Nazareth?

Can we imagine a detective from the 1st Century?

Three years after Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion, rumours spread about a prophet that arose from the dead, causing rebellions against the Roman authorities.

At the exact moment of His death, the sky all over the Empire darkened and for some moments the Earth was left in shadows. From this day on, the Roman Emperor Tiberius wanted to know what triggered this strange phenomena.

His advisors and councelors point out that in the Judea province, that same day and hour, a prisoner was crucified.

Trying to control the riots, Tiberius sends Taurus to Judea in order to investigate the events, look up Jesus and his corpse that has disappeared and disprove the story of the Christian sect. Image Titus Valerius Taurus is a loyal Roman officer who, when called by the Emperor, was exiled as he knew too many details about the death of August, predecessor of Tiberius.

Once in Judea, Taurus investigates Jesus’ death sentence, but soon he finds himself slowed down by the multiple interests; including those of the powerful Roman prefect Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov), who is keen to keep the details of the tragic last moments of Jesus away from the public.

Pilate is a mysterious man, married to Claudia Procula, he focusses his efforts, in the province that he governs, to control and suppress the dangerous Pharisees and Zealots troublemakers. At the same time, he has to maintain his relationship with the influential Sanhedrin jew.

During his mission, Taurus begins to think that the so-called Jesus of Nazareth was really a fraud whose revival was set in order to manipulate people.

Throughout his time in Judea, he meets strange and disturbing characters related to his investigation, such as Paul of Tarsus, Judas, Lazarus, Mary Magdalen, Stephen…and Thabita, the Jewish daughter of an important Pharisee, who soon enough charms him.


* NOTE: There are two versions of this film, one for the cinemas (100') and another one for the TV (188'). The TV version is highly recommended as it contains the complete script with a greater list of relevant characters, which enrich the plot and make the storyline more comprehensible. Moreover, some characters- such as Pilate- have a very interesting background which relates them to the other characters; new themes are revealed that are totally hidden in the cinema version. The reduced version leaves the viewer less satisfied and entertained.