Year: 1999
Format: TV movie 1x90'
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Co-production: Lube in association with France 2, Antena 3, Ard, Mtm, Czech tv, Ncrv, BSkyB and Raiuno
Esther, who lived in Persia during the Xerxes's age, then stays in Susa like many other Judaeans who decided to settle in the new Persian empire, although Ciro's edict in 538 B.C. allowed them to go back to Jerusalem after the Babylonia deportation.
Thanks to her qualities, Esther manages to be a perfect God's project tool for her people salvation, by stopping the criminal wipping out plan, plotted by the Persian court.
Thanks to her heroism, the Judaeans will be able to get back to Jerusalem. For Israel that will be a period of rebirth: The Holy City Temple, destroyed by Nabucodonosor, will be rebuilt and Torah, the judaism foundation, regains its strength.
Ester: Louise Lombard
Mardocheo: F. Murray Abraham
Aman: Jurgen Prochnow
Re Assuero: Thomas Kretschmann
Regina Vasti: Ornella Muti
Memucan: Umberto Orsini
Esdra: Frank Baker
Carbonà: John Hollis
Egai: Phil Davies
Maimuna: Natasha Williams
Carsenà: Peter Halliday
Eunuco: Renato Scarpa
Directed by: Raffaele Mertes
Screenplay: Sandy Niemand
Produced by: Lorenzo Minoli
Associated producer: Paolo Piria
Line producer: Paolo Lucidi
Rai producer: Roberta Cadringher
Coproducer LuxVide: Luca Bernabei
Dir. of Photography: Giovanni Galasso
Production designer: Paolo Biagetti
Costumes designer: Simonetta Leoncini, Giovanni Viti
Production manager: Giovanni Lovatelli
First assistant dir.: Tony Brandt
Music: Carlo Silotto
Editor: Alessandro Lucidi
Set decorator: Titus Vossberg
Stills photographer: Vincenzo Savino
Consultant Lube Inter.: Russell J. Kagan
Casting: Jeremy Zimmermann