Country: Brazil
Year: 1968
Duration: 86'

Improvised in 1968, shot in four days, edited four years later. Three characters discuss violence in twenty seven plan-sequences - psychological, sexual, and racial violence.

"Câncer is a film I shot in Rio de Janeiro in four days in 1968 for Mapa Filmes, my production house. There was neither a subject nor a preordained plan. Garcia edited the film in Havana between 1971 and 1972. The experimental department of Italian television curated by Italo Moscati took part in the production and programmed it for October, 1974. […] In Câncer there is the late introduction to Cinema Nôvo of the direct sound track. Before that time, there were not yet the material conditions that would have made its use creative. The direct sound track serves to give a more naturalistic base of information. In Câncer I used the direct sound track as a means of linguistic Communication among the actors. I suggested some ideas to them about the material we were treating, and they interpreted them according to their own intuitions and critical capacities." (Glauber Rocha)


film director

Glauber Rocha

Glauber Rocha (Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, 1939 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1981) was one of the fathers of Cinéma Nôvo, a film movement that started breathing new life into Brazilian cinema in the Sixties. His opus includes features like Black God, White Devil (1964), Entranced Earth (1967), and Antonio das mortes (1968, Palm d’Or in Cannes for Best Director). His work was connected to the tales and traditions of Brazil, it was combined with his expressive research, his political activism against capitalism and the cultural homologation of his country. During the Seventies, he traveled and worked around Africa and Europe, collaborating also with Carmelo Bene, among others.


Mossa Bildner, Glauber Rocha
A Vida É Estranha (mm, 2015).


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Glauber Rocha.
Director of photography: Luis Carlos Saldanha.
Editor: Tineca e Mireta.
Music: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gato Barbieri.
Sound: José Antonio Ventura.
Cast: Odete Lara, Hugo Carvana, Antonio "Pitanga" Sampaio, Rogério Duarte, Hélio Oiticica, Eduardo Coutinho, José Medeiros, Luis Carlos Saldanha, Zelito Viana.
Production company: Mapa Filmes, Gianni Barcelloni, RAI.