Sergio (2020 film)

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Official poster
Directed byGreg Barker
Written byCraig Borten
Produced by
CinematographyAdrian Teijido
Edited byClaudia Castello
Music byFernando Velázquez
  • Black Rabbit Media
  • Anima Pictures
  • Itapoan
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • January 28, 2020 (2020-01-28) (Sundance)
  • April 17, 2020 (2020-04-17) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sergio is a 2020 American biographical drama film about the United Nations diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello. The film is directed by Greg Barker, from a screenplay written by Craig Borten. It stars Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Clemens Schick, Will Dalton, Bradley Whitford and Brían F. O'Byrne.[1]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2020. It was released on April 17, 2020, by Netflix.


In 2003, United Nations' Special Representative in Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, is a victim of a bombing and becomes trapped in the basement of the hotel where he was working in Baghdad.

Three months earlier, Sergio is married but there is no feeling of love in the marriage. Instead, he commits to being with Carolina, his girlfriend and co-worker. Against the advice of Carolina, Sergio decides to go to Baghdad after the 2003 invasion of Iraq in order to help Iraqis achieve independence and negotiate the withdrawal of American troops. He comes to a disagreement with American diplomat Paul Bremer who opposes his methods despite the pressure from the United States, and fights against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. He even insists on not having U.S. guards at the UN's base camp in order to separate themselves from the U.S. occupiers.

Sergio is killed by a terrorist attack that takes place on the UN base camp. Later, the U.S. pulls out of Iraq leading to a long Civil War, but Sergio's gravely injured colleague Gil Loescher survives despite having both legs amputated, and Carolina returns to her justice work in Rio.



In July 2018, it was announced Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Brían F. O'Byrne, Will Dalton and Clemens Schick had joined the cast of the film, with Greg Barker directing from a screenplay by Craig Borten, with Netflix distributing.[2] In October 2018, Bradley Whitford joined the cast of the film.[3]

Principal photography began in August 2018.[4]


It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2020.[5] It was released on April 17, 2020.[6]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 45% based on reviews from 47 critics, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "While the real-life story that inspired Sergio is certainly worthy of a biopic, its misguided approach to its noble subject adds up to a disappointingly shallow drama."[7] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 55 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sergio Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (July 25, 2018). "'Narcos' Star Wagner Moura to Play Famed UN Diplomat in Netflix Biopic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 5, 2018). "Bradley Whitford Returns To 'Handmaid's Tale' As Series Regular, Books 2 Movies". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Aguilera, Milene (September 21, 2018). "Ana de Armas works on new Netflix production". Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 4, 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sergio". Netflix. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Sergio (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.

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