The film tells the story of the Brasilian popular music of the first half of the century, focusing on the mythical figure of the singer Mario Rels, played by Fernando Efras. His life so lonely and mysterious, his affections, his particular repertory are the background to a film completely made in Rio de Janeiro, most of all in Copacabana. In order to tell this story a lot of the main Brasilian composers and singers such as Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Edu Lobo, Raphael Rabello, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso take part not only as actors, but also as responsibles of the 80% of the soundtrack. The film is counter pointed of images and texts which mix intentionally past and present.
Julio Bressane was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946. As an adolescent, he frequented the haunts of the nascent Cinema Novo, establishing ties with Paulo Cezar Saraceni, Glauber Rocha and Leon Hirszman. At 19 years of age, he was assistant to Walter Lima Jr. for the film Menino de Engheno and then later to Fernando Campos for A Viagem. He debuted as a director in 1965 with the short film Lima Barreto: Trajetória. O Anjo Naceu and Matou a Familia e foi ao Cinema are received as a break with Cinema Novo. Cinema Marginal or "udigrudi". The term was never recognized by his esponents. In 1970, with Rogerìo Sganzerla and Helena Ignez, he founds the production house Belair, whose activity is brusquely interrupted by the military dictatorship, which forces the three founders into exile. Bressane lives a few years abroad, mainly in London and New York, he travels to Morocco and in Asia until 1973, when he returns to Brazil. Over the past few years, after a long period of ostracism by international festivals, his films have been presented with growing success in Taormina, Venice, Turin and Rotterdam. In 2002, the Torino Film Festival presented a complete retrospective of the Brazilian director.
Lima Barreto: Trajetória (1965-1966), Bethânia Bem de Perto (1966), Elis Regina (1966, film perduto), Cara a Cara (1967), O Anjo Nasceu (1969), Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (1969), Barão Olavo, o Horrível (1970), A Miss e o Dinosauro (1970, film perduto), Cuidado Madame (1970), Memórias de um Estrangulador de Louras/Memories of a Blonde Strangler (1971), Amor Louco/Crazy Love (1971), A Fada do Oriente (1972, film perduto), Lágrima Pantera (1972, film perduto), O Rei do Baralho (1973); Viagem Através do Brasil I (1973-1974), Viagem Através do Brasil II (1973-1974), Viagem Através do Brasil III (1973-1974-1975), O Monstro Caraíba - Nova História Antiga do Brasil (1975), Viola Chinesa - Meu Encontro com o Cinema Brasileiro (1975), A Agonia (1976), O Gigante da América (1976), Cidade Pagã (1979), Cinema inocente (1980), Tabu (1982), Brás Cubas (1985), Sob o Céu, Sob o Sol, Salvador (1987), Sermões - A História de António Vieira (1989), Quem seria o Feliz Conviva de Isadora Duncan? (1992), Galáxia Albina (1992), Infernalário: Logodédalo - Galaxia Dark (1993), O Cinema do Cinema - Criação e Recriação da Imagem no Filme Cinematográfico (1993), Antonioni - Hitchcock: A Imagen em Fuga (1993), As Canções que Vôce fez pra Mim (1994), O Mandarim (1995), Miramar (1997), São Jerônimo (1998), Dias de Nietzsche em Turim (2001), Nietszche in Nice, Filme de Amor (2003).
Director of photography: José Tadeu Agular.
Art director: Roberto Granja.
Editor: Gilberto Santeiro.
Sound: Toninho Muricy.
Cast: Fernando Elras, Giulia Gam, Renata Sorrah, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil.
Production company: Júlio Bressane, Movie Track, tel. e fax +55-11-5739682.
Foreign sales agent: Rio Filme, tel. e fax +55-21-2207090.