List of Esperanto-language films

This article is about the film genre. For information on the production company, see Esperanto Filmoj.

Feature films

There are four feature films known to have been shot exclusively in the constructed language Esperanto. Both Angoroj (Agonies) and Incubus were shot in the 1960s, and both were long thought lost until recent restorations. Two more Esperanto films have been produced recently.

Angoroj was produced in France in 1964 and directed by Atelier Mahé. It runs approximately one hour and its story involves murder. After a restoration and home video release (in the PAL format) in Switzerland, the film appears to be once again unavailable. Very little detailed information about Angoroj is available, except that the cast included some proficient Esperantists, including Raymond Schwartz, who was also associated with the Esperanto Cabaret in Paris.

The second feature was the 1965 American production Incubus, a low-budget black-and-white horror film directed by the creator of the television series The Outer Limits and starring William Shatner. Though the film is admired for its stark artistry, most Esperantists find that the actors spoke with poor pronunciation.

Gerda malaperis! (Gerda Disappeared!) and La patro (The Father) are two new films that have been produced by the Brazilian Esperanto film producer Imagu-filmoj.


Earlier examples of Esperanto in film consist mainly of old newsreel and documentary footage, some dating back as early as 1911, when the seventh international Esperanto conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium. The funeral of Esperanto creator L. L. Zamenhof in 1917 was filmed. According to some sources, French cinema pioneer Leon Ernest Gaumont wanted to make a film about Esperanto to showcase a sync sound process he had developed, but the project was curtailed by the onset of World War I. In 2011, Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (The Weather Underground), released a new documentary about Esperanto titled The Universal Language (La Universala Lingvo). This 30-minute film traces the history of Esperanto.

Use of Esperanto in film and television


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  2. anon.: “Cantinho Verde: O esperanto em marcha” A Vida Social (1940.06.01): p.7. Lisbon
  3. En una de las escenas aparecen unos obreros anarquistas aprendiendo esperanto. Spanish Wikipedia.
  4. "俺流キャッシング成功術!".
  5. "Tuğçe Sen: "En mia koro kaj menso mi naskiĝis esperantisto"".

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