Fábio Barreto

Fábio Barreto (born June 6, 1957) is a Brazilian filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known for directing and co-writing Lula, o filho do Brasil, a biography based on President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's early life, which had been the most expensive film in the history of Brazilian cinema upon its release. He slipped into a coma after being involved in a car accident in Rio de Janeiro and, as of August 2014, is reported to be in a minimally conscious state.

Fábio Barreto
Barreto during the premiere of Lula, o filho do Brasil at the 2009 Brasília Film Festival.
Fábio Villela Barreto Borges[1]

June 6, 1957 (age 61)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Déborah Kalume (2003–present)


Barreto was born on 1957 in Rio de Janeiro. He is the youngest son of well-known movie producers Luís Carlos and Lucy Barreto.[1] His brother is the fellow filmmaker Bruno Barreto, responsible for the 1976 international box office hit Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, starring Sônia Braga.


He started his career in 1977, at age 20, directing the short subject A estória de José e Maria. Since then, he acted in two films — Nelson Pereira dos Santos' Memórias do Cárcere (1984), and his father's For all - O trampolim da vitória (1997) — and directed nine feature films, the Brazilian version of Desperate Housewives, an episode of TV series Você Decide and two other short films.

His first feature was Índia, a Filha do Sol, starring Glória Pires as a Native-Brazilian who tries to survive the brutality of diamond mining in Central-Western Brazil and ends up falling in love with a white soldier. The film score was composed by Caetano Veloso, which Barreto would later criticize for calling Lula an "illiterate". In 1986 he directed O Rei do Rio, based on a play by Dias Gomes, which tells the story of two friends who enrich through illegal gambling game jogo do bicho and became rivals in the struggle for political power. Both films featured Nuno Leal Maia as the leading male star.

His next film was Luzia-Homem, based on the novel of the same name by 19th century writer Domingos Olímpio. It featured Claudia Ohana as a masculinized woman seeking revenge for the murder of her parents, which ends up finding love. In 1991, following the Lambada dance craze, he directed a film about it. After a four-year hiatus, he directed O Quatrilho, the first Brazilian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since O Pagador de Promessas, released in 1962. In 1997 he directed his first English language film, Bela Donna (released in the United States as White Dunes), starring Natasha Henstridge and Andrew McCarthy.

In 2002 he directed his seventh film, the critically acclaimed A Paixão de Jacobina. He would only return to directing a few years later, releasing Nossa Senhora de Caravaggio and the Brazilian version of Desperate Housewives (filmed in Argentina) in 2007. In 2009 he shot Lula, o filho do Brasil. The film, which premiered on January 1, 2010, is his fourth collaboration with Glória Pires.

Car accident

On December 19, 2009, at around 10 p.m. (UTC-3) Barreto was involved in a car accident in Botafogo, a southern neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. According to firefighter Wagner Generoso, a car came too near to the filmmaker's vehicle, which hit a stone wall, flew to another lane and overturned.[2] He was sent to Hospital Miguel Couto in Leblon, where he faced a three-hour surgery that same night, and later transferred to the Hospital Copa D'Or. On the following day, he was submitted to an operation to reduce the brain swelling. He underwent a tracheostomy to help him breathe.[3] According to the neurosurgeon Paulo Niemeyer Filho, the director had an acute subdural hematoma and a contusion in the temporal lobe on both sides. "The skull's left side was removed and placed in the patient's rib. It will be stored there until it is put back in its place," he said.[2] On March 22, Fabio was transferred to his house, where his treatment continues.

Several friends of Fábio visited his family in the hospital, such as fellow filmmakers Guel Arraes, and Sérgio Rezende, Nossa Senhora de Caravaggio star Cristiana Oliveira, Frei Betto, Glória Pires' husband, singer Orlando Morais, O Quatrilho star Patrícia Pillar, and her husband, former presidential candidate Ciro Gomes.[4] President Lula called the Barreto family to provide solidarity and wish Fábio a quick recovery.[5] On February 3, 2010, Barreto left the intensive care unit of the Hospital Copa D'Or, although he remains inconscient.[6] As of August 2014 he is reported to be "minimally conscious" and has responded to some stimuli but has yet to fully emerge from his coma.[7]

Personal life

He was married to actress Dora Pellegrino, with whom he had a daughter, Mariana. He is married to actress Déborah Kalume since 2003, with whom he had João (b. 2006). He is also the father of Lucas (with Amanda Martins) and Júlia Barreto Borges (with his first wife, actress Marcia Barreto),[1] which starred in his films Luzia Homem (1987), O Quatrilho (1995), and Nossa Senhora de Caravaggio (2006).[8]

Political views

In an interview to Cult magazine, Barreto said his film Lula, o filho do Brasil did not had any political connotations, and gave his opinion about the President: "Lula represents a revolution over the course of Brazilian society, because he is deeply disturbing in a serious thing that has always existed in Brazil, called inferiority complex [...] So, he is responsible for [...] leaving [the elite] actionless, for showing how the 'enlightened' elite is intellectually colonized. Caetano Veloso, when he calls Lula an illiterate, is proving to be a deeply colonized, elitist person. At the same time, you have Obama saying that Lula is 'the man'."[9]


As director:

As actor:

  • 2006 - Noel: The Samba Poet as Saturno
  • 1997 - For All: Springboard to Victory
  • 1984 - Memórias do Cárcere as Siqueira Campos


  1. ^ a b c Biography for Fábio Barreto, at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ a b "Notícias do Último Segundo: o que acontece no Brasil e no Mundo". Ultimosegundo.ig.com.br. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  3. ^ "epa - european pressphoto agency: Cineasta Fábio Barreto continua em estado grave após nova operação". Google.com. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  4. ^ "Notícias do Último Segundo: o que acontece no Brasil e no Mundo". Ultimosegundo.ig.com.br. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  5. ^ "Notícias do Último Segundo: o que acontece no Brasil e no Mundo". Ultimosegundo.ig.com.br. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  6. ^ "Cineasta Fábio Barreto deixa UTI e é transferido para unidade semi-intensiva - BOL Notícias". Noticias.bol.uol.com.br. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  7. ^ "Em coma há 5 anos, Fábio Barreto tem reagido e está "mais vivo", diz mãe". Universo Online. 2014-08-22.
  8. ^ Júlia Barreto's filmography at the Internet Movie Database.
  9. ^ [1] Archived December 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

External links

1995 Shanghai International Film Festival

The 2nd Shanghai International Film Festival was held between October 28 and November 12, 1995. The festival marked the 90 year anniversary of the first ever Chinese film, 1905's Dingjun Mountain. 232 films from 46 countries participated in the Festival, 19 of which were officially selections for competition. Swiss director Wolfgang Panzer's Broken Silence won the Golden Goblet for best film.

2010 Havana Film Festival

The 32nd annual Havana Film Festival took place in Havana, Cuba, from 2 December to 12 December 2010.

Glória Pires

Glória Maria Cláudia Pires de Moraes (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡlɔɾjɐ mɐˈɾi.ɐ ˈklawdʒɐ ˈpiɾiʒ dʒi moˈɾajʃ]); born 23 August 1963) is a Brazilian actress. She is best known for her roles in Rede Globo telenovelas such as Dancin' Days, Cabocla, Vale Tudo, Mulheres de Areia and O Rei do Gado. She is also known for starring in films such as Academy Award-nominated O Quatrilho, box-office hit Se Eu Fosse Você and its sequel, and the recent Lula, Son of Brazil, which is the second most expensive Brazilian film of all time, after Nosso Lar.In 2013, she starred the movie Reaching for the Moon along with Miranda Otto, and directed by Bruno Barreto.

In 2013, she was also honoured by Forbes Brazil as one of Brazil's most influential persons being ranked in the 28th position out of the 30 short-listed.

Jacobina Mentz Maurer

Jacobina Mentz Maurer (June 1841 or 1842 in Novo Hamburgo – August 2, 1874 in Sapiranga) was a Brazilian religious leader. She led the Revolt of the Muckers that happened in a German community in Brazil.

Lima Duarte

Lima Duarte (born Ariclenes Venâncio Martins on March 29, 1930, in Sacramento, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a Brazilian actor.

His stage name was given by his mother, who was a devout of Allan Kardec's Spiritism and Lima Duarte was the last birthname given to her spiritual mentor.

He became most famous for the number of characters that he played in Brazilian soap operas, such as Zeca Diabo in O Bem Amado and Sinhozinho Malta in Roque Santeiro. He first appeared on Brazilian television in 1950. He also worked as a voice actor in 1960s, being the voice of Top Cat ("Manda-Chuva" in Portuguese), Wally Gator and Dum-Dum (Touche Turtle's friend).

He has worked with well-known Brazilian and Portuguese directors, such as Fábio Barreto, Paulo Rocha and Manoel de Oliveira.

List of Brazilian Academy Award winners and nominees

A list of Brazilian Academy Award winners and nominees appears below.

The first Brazilian to be nominated for an Academy Award was Ary Barroso, one of Música Popular Brasileira greatest composers, in 1945. Until today, no Brazilian has been awarded.

List of Brazilian film directors

This is a list of Brazilian film directors born in Brazil or who have established Brazilian citizenship or residency.

Aluizio Abranches

Alê Abreu

Gilda de Abreu

Carine Adler

Karim Aïnouz

Renalto Alves

Tata Amaral

Fernando Grostein Andrade

João Batista de Andrade

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade

Joel Zito Araújo

Cláudio Assis

Dionísio Azevedo

Jom Tob Azulay

Hector Babenco

Julia Bacha

Bruno Barreto

Fábio Barreto

Lima Barreto

Luiz de Barros

Laís Bodanzky

Beto Brant

Júlio Bressane

Zózimo Bulbul

João Callegaro

Carla Camurati

Vittorio Capellaro

Maurice Capovila

Ana Carolina

Arturo Carrari

Luiz Fernando Carvalho

Alberto Cavalcanti

César Charlone

Carlos Coimbra

Eduardo Coutinho

Heitor Dhalia

Cacá Diegues

Anselmo Duarte

Miguel Faria, Jr.

Reginaldo Faria

Roberto Farias

Ary Fernandes

Daniel Filho

Jorge Furtado

Adriano Goldman

Ruy Guerra

Cao Hamburger

Leon Hirszman

Carlos Imperial

Tatiana Issa

Arnaldo Jabor

Otavio Juliano

Eugenio Centenaro Kerrigan

Walter Hugo Khouri

Iara Lee

Walter Lima, Jr.

Kátia Lund

Sérgio Machado

José Mojica Marins

Roberta Marques

Humberto Mauro

Amácio Mazzaropi

Fernando Meirelles

Selton Mello


Flávio Migliaccio

Jayme Monjardim

Flávia Moraes

Pedro Neschling

David Neves

Carlos Augusto de Oliveira

José Padilha

Tom Payne

Mário Peixoto

Luis Sérgio Person

Paulo Porto

Afonso Poyart

Guilherme de Almeida Prado

Helvécio Ratton

Edilberto Restino

Sérgio Rezende

Daniel Ribeiro

Sérgio Ricardo

Glauber Rocha

João Moreira Salles

Walter Salles

Roberto Santos

Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Roberto Santucci

Werner Schünemann

David Schurmann

Silvio Tendler

Paulo Thiago

Daniela Thomas

Sérgio Toledo

João Silvério Trevisan

Pedro Vasconcellos

Andrucha Waddington

Guilherme Weber

Nelson Xavier

Tizuka Yamasaki

Juliana Rojas

List of Brazilian films of the 1980s

An incomplete list of films produced in Brazil in the 1980s. For an A-Z list of films currently on Wikipedia see Category:Brazilian films.

List of Brazilian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Brazil has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1960. The award is handed out annually by the United States-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature length motion picture produced outside the U.S. that contains primarily non-English language dialogue. It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.As of 2018, 48 Brazilian films have been submitted for the award. Four of these submissions resulted in nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but none of them won. Orfeu Negro, a Portuguese language film shot in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus, won the award at the 1959 ceremony, but it was submitted by the French government and thus France was credited as the only recipient of the award.

List of submissions to the 68th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 41 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 68th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Algeria, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. The eventual winner was feminist comedy Antonia's Line from the Netherlands.Bolivia and Tunisia submitted films for the first time. The Philippines returned to the competition after a nine-year absence. Iran unsuccessfully tried to withdraw the film from contention but the Academy refused to accept the withdrawal.

Lula, Son of Brazil

Lula, Son of Brazil (Portuguese: Lula: O Filho do Brasil; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈlulɐ u ˈfiʎu du bɾaˈziw]) is a 2009 biographical Brazilian film based on the early life of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Directed by Fábio Barreto, the film was released on January 1, 2010. Upon its release, Lula, Son of Brazil was the most expensive Brazilian film ever, with a budget of over 17 million reais, being later surpassed by Nosso Lar. On September 23, 2010, the film was unanimously chosen by a Ministry of Culture commission as Brazil's submission to the 83rd Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, despite not having been chosen to compete.

The film was a commercial and critical failure, accused as election propaganda,

and producers even aired for free. Some observers in Brazil noted the film was a cult of personality.

Memoirs of Prison

Memoirs of Prison (Portuguese: Memórias do Cárcere) is a 1984 Brazilian drama film directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. It is based on Memórias do Cárcere an autobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos, about the period he was incarcerated during the Vargas Era. The film was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


Muckers (Ger. Muckern, i.e. canting bigots, hypocrites), is the nickname given to the followers of the teaching of Johann Heinrich Schönherr (1770–1826) and Johann Wilhelm Ebel (1784–1861). The word originates in the Middle German word muckern, which was used also to denote the clearing of stalls and stables. In some areas of Germany, the word was spelled muggeln.

O Quatrilho

O Quatrilho (Portuguese pronunciation: [u kwaˈtɾiʎu]) is a 1995 Brazilian drama film directed by Fábio Barreto. It was adapted from a José Clemente Pozenato novel by telenovela writer Antônio Calmon and screenwriter Leopoldo Serran. It stars famous telenovela actresses Patrícia Pillar and Glória Pires and Bruno Campos, which later became known for his role as Quentin Costa on Nip/Tuck. The original soundtrack was composed by classical musician Jaques Morelenbaum and the theme song by pop singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso. It was the first Brazilian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in more than 30 years, after 1962's O Pagador de Promessas.

Revolt of the Muckers

In the Revolt of the Muckers 1873–1874, in the region of Sapiranga, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Jacobina Mentz Maurer, believed by some to be a prophet, led a conflict that happened in the years of 1873 and 1874, between two groups in a German community in Southern Brazil. It was eventually quelled by the Brazilian military and its leaders either killed or arrested and imprisoned.

Rui Ricardo Dias

Rui Ricardo Dias (born December 9, 1978) is a Brazilian actor. He is best known for his performance as former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from ages 18 to 35 in Fábio Barreto's Lula, o filho do Brasil.

Santa Maria do Suaçuí

Santa Maria do Suaçuí is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in the Southeast region of Brazil.

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