Brazil sends Babenco documentary to Oscar

(Photograph credit: Gullane, HB Filmes)

“Babenco: Alguém Tem Que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou” is Brazil’s surprise choice for the Oscars. The film is selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

The movie explores Babence’s life who is a “blend of two nationalities, a master of the moving image, Hector was in life a little of everything – from a tomb salesman to spaghetti western extra, from a photographer of steakhouses to an Oscar-nominated movie director.”

And probably the last part is the most important movie buffs.

He was one of the biggest names of Brazilian cinema; nominated for Oscar for directing “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985) but his credits include many other acclaimed films and some underrated ones, like “Carandiru” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord”.

Both films have earned him awards recognition though and he also cast big names like Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in his movies.

The movie is expected to look at his life in a deeper and more honest way. Interviewees include Willem Dafoe, who also appeared in his last picture “My Hindu Friend”, where he played some sort of variation of Babenco.

Credit: Mensur Zeinal

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