Tirant lo Blanc (film)

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Tirant lo Blanc
Tirante el Blanco.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Produced by Enrique Viciano
Screenplay by Vicente Aranda
Based on Tirant lo Blanch 
by Joanot Martorell
Music by José Nieto
Cinematography José Luis Alcaine
Edited by Teresa Font
Carolina Films
Future Films
Talent Films
Distributed by Arclight Films
Release dates
  • 7 April 2006 (2006-04-07)
Running time 127 minutes [1]
Language English
Budget €15,000,000[2]
Box office €1,557,015[3]

Tirant lo Blanc (a.k.a. The Maidens' Conspiracy) is a 2006 historical adventure film directed by Vicente Aranda. It stars Casper Zafer as the title character. Tirant lo Blanc is based on Tirant lo Blanch, a Valencian language chivalry novel dating to 1490, written by Joanot Martorell and presents a highly fictionalised alternate history narrative of the events leading to the Fall of Constantinople.

The film was shot in English, and was filmed in Madrid, Istanbul, Palermo, Granada, Huelva, Barcelona and Valencia.[4]


In 1401, Tirant lo Blanc (Zafer), a brave but melancholic knight famous for his exploits with a company of battle-hardened Almogavars, arrives at the port of Constantinople on assignment as the megas doux by the Byzantine emperor (Giancarlo Giannini). The prince was killed at battle against the Ottoman sultan (a fictional Mehmed IV) who demands to marry Princess Carmesina (Esther Nubiola), an ambitious and naïve adolescent but the Emperor is too old to lead his armies. Tirant falls in love with Carmesina at first sight but even the young princess' entourage is divided along the lines of political factions. Carmesina's guardian Agnes, nicknamed the 'Placid Widow' (Victoria Abril) whose late husband was an ally of the antipope, favours the marriage with the Sultan, whereas Pleasure-of-My-Life (Leonor Watling), a lady-in-waiting sees in Tirant's arrival and his interest in Carmesina a new opportunity for recovery of the Empire against Turks. On the other hand, Estefania (Ingrid Rubio), another lady-in-waiting, supports Tirant's affair with Carmesina because she has fallen in love with Tirant's right-hand man Diafebus (Charlie Cox). Meanwhile, the Empress (Jane Asher) contemplates that Constantinople stands no chance against a Turkish onslaught and sees her daughter's marriage to the Sultan as the sole way to accommodate him.


  • Casper Zafer as Tirant lo Blanc
  • Esther Nubiola as Carmesina
  • Victoria Abril as Agnes, the 'Placid Widow'
  • Leonor Watling as Pleasure-of-My-Life
  • Ingrid Rubio as Estefania
  • Charlie Cox as Diafebus
  • Giancarlo Giannini as The Emperor
  • Jane Asher as The Empress
  • Sid Mitchel as Hippolytus
  • Rafael Amargo as Mehmed IV
  • Jay Benedict as the Turkish Ambassador
  • Rebecca Cobos as Elisea

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Majarín, Una Vida de Cine, p. 510
  2. ^ Vicente Aranda estrena Tirant lo Blanc
  3. ^ Majarín, Una Vida de Cine, p. 5093
  4. ^ Vicente Aranda estrena Tirant lo Blanc


  • Majarín, Sara. Una vida de cine: Pasión, Utopía, Historia: Lecciones de Vicente Aranda. Editorial Zumaque S.L., 2013. ISBN 9788494011016

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