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Release Date: June 4th, 2010

R|2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary
In the 4th century A.D., astronomer and philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) teaches her scientific beliefs to a class of male students. Among them is lovestruck slave Davus (Max Minghella), the equally smitten Orestes (Oscar Isaac) and young Christian man Synesius (Rupert Evans). Hypatia dismisses all of their advances, but this romantic drama pales in comparison to a rising battle between Christians and pagans on the streets of soon-to-be war-torn Alexandria.

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michaël Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, Richard Durden, Sami Samir

Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Genres: Historical drama, Romance, Adventure

Production Co: Telecinco Cinema, Himenóptero

Keywords: Gripping, Father, Rivalry, Melodramatic, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a vivid way to contextualize Hypatia's astronomical musings, but it's kind of out there, too. show more

  • It is a pleasure to see Weisz's scenes of scientific inquiry, which capture the passion of research and discovery without artifice or pretension. That the scientist is a woman makes it all the more engaging. show more

  • The film's bleak conclusion becomes unbearable in context: Hypatia's death also signals the end of women in positions of intellectual prominence and the beginning of a period known -- not coincidentally -- as the Dark Ages. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Production Supervision
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Costume Design
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Original Screenplay
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Art Direction
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Cinematography
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Special Effects
Los Premios Goya (2010)
Winner Best Makeup and Hairstyles
Los Premios Goya (2010)