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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Olney A. Sau Paulo

Father of Irving São Paulo and Ilya São Paulo.Olney São Paulo was probably the only director arrested and tortured just for making a movie. In 1969, he was in Viña del Mar, Chile, for a festival, when two students kidnapped a plane and headed for Cuba, where they exhibited the film they had taken along with them: « Manhã Cinzenta ». The military dictatorship in Brasil arrested the director, and besides losing his bank job, he was forced to deliver all the copies and negatives. For a long time, it was considered a « lost » film. But a copy of it was kept in secret under a different name in Rio’s Museum of Modern Art.