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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Opera Do Malendro

Fortnight 1986, Feature film, 1h45


The film takes place in 1942 during the Estado Novo, the New State, the era of the populist Vargas dictatorship. The government veered in the direction of the Germans and the Japanese, while the general public tended to the pro-allies. The period was very exciting and the love triangle of the film is an illustration of this hesitation-walz. The favourite films of the years just after the war were musical comedies. By making this film with its Brazilian singing and dancing, it is also a way of paying tribute to this Hollywood genre. Ruy Guerra and Chico Buarque


Ruy Guerra

Ruy Guerra left his studies in Portugal for to go to the School of Cinema in Paris. After having worked as assistant for various French directors he moved to Brasil and participated with his first two films in the birth of the « Cinema Novo »: « Os Cafajestes (1962) » and « Os Fuzis (1964) » which won some international prizes. After an intermediate time in France where he made « Sweet Hunters (1969) » he returned to Brazil and went on filming there.

Claudia Ohana
Edson Celulari
Elba Ramalho
Fabia Sabag
J.C. Violla
Maria Silva
Ney Latoracca
Wilson Grey

Ruy Guerra, Chico Buarque, Orlando Senna

Antonio Luis Mendes

Claude Villand, Bernard Le Roux

Mair Tavares, Ide Lacreta, Kenout Peltier

Chico Buarque

MK2 Production, Paris, France Austra – Cinema e communicaçao Ltda, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil TF1 Film Production