João Moreira Salles
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From September 25th to October 27th 2002, the crew of Intermissions followed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s every step in his campaign to become President of Brazil. The taping of political ads, key strategy meetings, phone calls and private conversations are all part of this documentary’s behind-the-scenes look at this historic moment.

Awards and festivals

- Habana Film Festival, Cuba - Second place in the category of documentaries (2005)
- ACIE (Association of Foreign Media Correspondents), Brazil - Award for Best Brazilian Documentary in 2004 (2005)
- APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics), Brazil - Award for Best Brazilian Film in 2004 (2005)
- O Amor, a Morte e as Paixões, Brasil (2005)
- Campo Grande Festival, Brazil (2005)
- Political Cinema Film Series, CCBB, Brazil (2005)
- Filmfest München, Germany (2005)
- The Best of Brazilian Documentary Film at Paris Cinema (2005)
- Rodacine Festival, Brazil (2005)
- Caçapava Film Festival, Brazil (2005)
- Belo Horizonte Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival, Brazil (2004)

Biography of the director

João Moreira Salles
Documentary filmmaker. In 1985 he wrote the screenplay for the documentary series Japan, a Journey in Time. In 1987 he directed China, The Empire of the Center and wrote the screenplay for Krajberg, the Poet of the Remains. Two years later he directed the television series America and the documentary Poetry is One or Two Lines and Behind it a Huge Landscape about poet Ana Cristina César. In 1990 he directed Blues. For cable channel GNT, he directed the documentary Jorge Amado, about race relation in Brazil and the series Football, co-directed with Arthur Fontes. Together with Katia Lund, he directed News of a Personal War, about urban violence in Brazil. In 2000 he directed The Valley, a documentary about the environmental devastation of the Paraíba Valley and Santa Cruz: Holy Cross about the growth of an evangelical church in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Both these films were made with journalist Marcos Sá Corrêa. In 2002, João Salles directed Nelson Freire, his first documentary for cinema. In recent years he has directed Intermissions (2004), Santiago (2007), In the Intense Now (2017) and has produced Last Conversations, the last documentary film by Eduardo Coutinho, who died in 2014.

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Friday 11

  • 19:30 h
  • Casa de América. Cine Iberia
Data sheet
João Moreira Salles
Portuguese - Subtitled in Spanish
Walter Carvalho
Felipe Lacerda, Alexandre Saggese
Aloysio Compasso y Heron Alencar
Raquel Freire Zangrandi
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