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Pandora da Cunha Telles (Producer), João Vieira Jr (Producer), Ernesto Soto (Executive Producers), Pierre de Kerchove (Cinematography), Julio Machado (Actor), Marcelo Gomes (Director, Scriptwriter) Isabél Zuaa (Actress), Welket Bungué (Actor)

Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno

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Eighteenth-century Brazil. There is growing concern in this Portuguese colony that gold mining is in decline. The country is being ruled by corrupt colonial officers. Lieutenant Joaquim has made a name for himself as a hunter of gold smugglers. He has been waiting in vain for the reward which he intends to use to buy the freedom of his lover, a black slave. In order to make the money some other way, he agrees to take part in a dangerous expedition to find new veins of gold. He is accompanied by some of his countrymen and a troop of African slaves, indigenous Indios and mestizos. The longer they search, the more his doubts about the mission grow. Gradually he begins to recognise the injustice his country has brought to the colony and sees all too clearly the machinery of oppression. In the jungle, he loses control but his moral standpoint is crystal clear. His lover also makes him see that he must reconsider his convictions and his loyalties. A partly fictional, partly historical account of the life of Brazil’s national hero Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, alias Tiradentes.

Marcelo Gomes

Brazil / Portugal 2017


97 min · Colour


Julio Machado (Joaquim)
Isabél Zuaa (Preta)
Rômulo Braga (Januário)
Welket Bungué (João)
Nuno Lopes (Matias)
Diogo Dória (Administrator)
Eduardo Moreira (Poet)
Karay Rya Pua (Inhambupé)


Written and directed by
Marcelo Gomes
Director of Photography
Pierre de Kerchove
Eduardo Chatagnier
O Grivo
Sound Design
Elsa Ferreira
Moabe Filho, Pedrinho Moreira
Production Design
Marcos Pedroso
Rô Nascimento
Anna Van Steen, Evelyn Barbieri
Maria Clara Escobar
Production Manager
Lívia de Melo
João Vieira Jr.
Executive Producers
Nara Aragão, Ernesto Soto
Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola
Ukbar Filmes, Lissabon


Marcelo Gomes

Born in Recife, Brazil in 1962, he founded a film club in his home town at an early age. Whilst studying at the University of Bristol, he directed a number of award-winning short films. His feature debut, Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, screened at Cannes in 2005. His feature film Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo, which he co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, premiered at Venice in 2009. He followed this with Era Uma Vez Eu, Verônica which screened at festivals including Toronto in 2012. His collaboration with Cao Guimarães, O Homem das Multidões, featured in the Panorama programme in 2014.

Filmography (selection)

2004 Sertão Acrílico Azul Piscina 2005 Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures) 2009 Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo (I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You); co-director: Karim Ainouz 2012 Era Uma Vez Eu, Verônica (Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica) 2017 Joaquim

Produced by

REC Produtores Associados
Recife, Brazil
+55 81 30731650

World sales

Films Boutique
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 69537850