Country: Brazil
Year: 1960
Duration: 30'

Arraial do Cabo is the name a small Brazilian city situated on the coastal area of Rio de Janeiro. The inhabitants of the city are mainly fishermen and therefore live almost exclusively from their work on the sea. When two factories were built in the town - one of which was for the processing of whale oil - a strong sense of confrontation grew between the local fisherman and the factory workers who had come in from the Northeast. The fishermen are used to living in direct contact with nature, and so they cannot stand the factory noises or the heavy trucks that drive down the narrow roads of the town. When it is proposed that they give up fishing and work in the factory instead, they leave the region and look for another tract of land where they could dedicate themselves to fishing again.


film director

Paulo César Saraceni

Paulo César Saraceni was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1933. He is one of the most important directors of Brazilian Cinema Novo. In 1961 he attended courses at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, and the following year he directed Porto das Caixas, his first full-length movie. He presented his film O Viajante at the 1999 Torino Film Festival.


Arraial do Cabo (1960), Porto das Caixas (1962), Integração Racial (1964), O Desafio (1965), Capitú (1968), A Casa Assasinada (1971), Amor, Carnaval e Sonhos (1972), Anchieta, José do Brasil (1977), Ao Sul do Meu Corpo (1982), Natal da Portela (1988), O Viajante (1998), Garrincha (2001), Banda de Ipanema (2001).


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Paulo César Saraceni.
Director of photography: Mario Carneiro.
Testo, narrazione: Claudio Mello e Souza, letto da Italo Rossi.
Production company: Sérgio Montagna, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Geraldo Markan, Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro.