Country: Brazil
Year: 1965
Duration: 110'

In a sugar cane plantation in the Northeast, in Santa Rosa, a teenager discovers an entirely new world after his mother dies. The tenderness of his aunt helps him get through this loss and other losses. When the aunt marries, he discovers new friendships among the young people of that place. Then he discovers sex. When he goes into the city to continue his studies, the boy will be deeply changed,.

"Narrated with confidence and without exhibitionism, the film seems to be the work of a veteran... Fauithful to the spirit of the original work and perfect in the reconstruction of the atmosphere and the settings, Menino de engenho is the perfect fusion of a literary work and the cinema." (Valério de Andrade)

"Menino de engenho is made up of fragments of a film that I would have liked to make. I had some limits - some were my own, others were uncontrollable problems of production. And I became aware of these from the first moment of filming. I think that other people in my shoes who were facing their first film maybe would have given up in that all the references were literary rather than cinematographic. The book does not have a story and I barely managed to keep its magnificent structure. Its structure is the best in Brazilian literature. It is modern, open, lacking in any compromise with a plot, and more narrative than descriptive." (Walter Lima Jr.)


film director

Walter Lima Jr.


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Walter Lima Jr.
Plot: dal romanzo omonimo di José Lins do Rego.
Director of photography: Reinaldo Barros.
Editor: João Ramiro Mello, Júlio Bressane.
Music: Pedro dos Santos, Villa-Lobos, João Neponuceno.
Cast: Maria Lúcia Dahl, Anecy Rocha, Geraldo del Rey, Sávio Rolim, Antonio "Pitanga" Sampaio, Rodolfo Arena, Margarida Cardoso, Elísio Jorge, Jurandir dos Santos, Maria de Fátima, Maria Raquel, Lucy Campelo.
Production company: Mapa Filmes, Walter Lima Jr., Glauber Rocha, Marcus Odion Ribeiro Coutinho.