A sweeping drama set in the chaotic aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, where the life of top UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello hangs in the balance during the most treacherous mission of his career.


Greg Barker


Craig Borten (screenplay by), Samantha Power (based on the book 'Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World')
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wagner Moura ... Sergio Vieira de Mello
Ana de Armas ... Carolina Larriera
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Gil Loescher
Bradley Whitford ... Paul Bremer
Garret Dillahunt ... Msg. Bill von Zehle
Clemens Schick ... Gaby Pichon
Will Dalton ... Sgt. Andre Valentine
Pedro Hossi Pedro Hossi ... General Xanana Gusmão
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Ieng Sary
Clarisse Abujamra Clarisse Abujamra ... Gilda Vieira de Mello
Eduardo Melo Eduardo Melo ... Laurent, 16 Years Old
João Barreto João Barreto ... Adrien, 13 Years Old
Vanja Freitas Vanja Freitas ... Lourdes
Senhorinha Gama Da Costa Lobo Senhorinha Gama Da Costa Lobo ... Senhorinha
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Indonesian President (as Vithaya Pansringam)


Charismatic and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura) has spent the majority of his storied career as a top UN diplomat working in the world's most unstable regions, deftly navigating deals with presidents, revolutionaries, and war criminals for the sake of protecting the lives of ordinary people. But just as he readies himself for a simpler life with the woman he loves (Ana de Armas), Sergio takes one last assignment - in Baghdad, newly plunged into chaos following the US invasion. The assignment is meant to be brief, until a bomb blast causes the walls of the UN headquarters to come literally crashing down upon him, setting into motion a gripping life-or-death struggle. Inspired by a true story, SERGIO is a sweeping drama focused on a man pushed to his physical and emotional limits as he's forced to confront his own divisive choices about ambition, family, and his capacity to love. Written by Netflix

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In a world of conflict, he risked everything for peace.

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Rated R for language, some bloody images and a scene of sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Carolina Larriera attended the Sundance premiere of the film in January 2020. See more »


At about 1 hour into the film, when Sergio is visiting his mother's house, the blue edition of the book "Einstein" by Walter Isaacson can be seen on the bookcase. This scene takes place in the 1990s, Isaacson's book was published in 2007. See more »


[first lines]
Sergio Vieira de Mello: So, what do you wish me to say?
Interviewer: We're going to have new staff members watch this on their first day.
Sergio Vieira de Mello: I see, some uh, some spontaneous wisdom. Correct?
Interviewer: How you came to be high commissioner for human rights...
Sergio Vieira de Mello: My God, you realize I can't summarize 34 years in minutes.
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Oração Ao Tempo (A Prayer to Time)
Words and Music by Caetano Veloso
Performed by Caetano Veloso
(c) UNS Produções-Adm WC (BR) / Terra Enterprises (EX), Inc. (BMI)
Kindly provided by UNS Produções
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Can't understand the low rating - really good movie!
18 April 2020 | by bauldianaSee all my reviews

I would say I wasn't bored at all in this movie and it had a blend of history, romance, humanity to it. Don't understand why this movie has a low average.

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Release Date:

17 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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