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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

A Noite Do Espantalho

Fortnight 1974, Feature film, 1h35


Ten years ago, I was researching music for Glauber Rocha’s « Deus e o Diabo na terra do sol », when I discovered the story that beame the theme of « A Noite Do Espantalho ».
It’s a true story about the Sertao, Brazil’s North East area. I loved the « Cinema Novo » and took part in the movement. But I wanted to include less literate people, so I researched other forms of languages, to try and translate them in cinema.
No producer would venture to finance my project. I tried for 10 years, meanwhile making less radical films. I eventually created a production company with my borther to be able to make the film : we took a chance, and here is the result : « A Noite Do Espantalho ».
Sergio Ricardo


Sergio Ricardo

Composer and performer of feature films soundtrack, he created Glauber Rocha’s « Deus e o Diabo na terra do sol » soundtrack. Cameraman and director of four long features, he represented Brazil at the Venice Film Festival in 1963 with « Esse Mundo e Meu » and at the Berlin Film Fest in 1972 with « Juliana do Amor perdido ».

Alceu Valenca
Emmanuel Cavalcanti
Gilson Moura
José Pimentel
Rejane Medeiros

Sergio Ricardo

Dib Lufti


Title in Original Version : La Nuit De L'épouvantail