Brazil | 2009 | 94 min.
Portuguese with English subtitles
Director: João Daniel Tikhomiroff
In 1920s Brazil, former black slaves still suffer under the heel of oppressive white plantation owners who forbid them to engage in their cultural practices, such as the traditional martial art of capoeira. When the leader of the resistance movement is assassinated, his protégé Besouro must take up his mantle. Using his mastery of capoeira and the supernatural abilities given to him by ancient West African deities, Besouro becomes an untouchable mystic, freedom fighter and symbol of revolt. Based on the life of legendary capoeira master, Besouro Mangangá, this film mixes historical drama with dizzying acrobatic choreography to create a cinematic extravaganza like no other.
João Daniel Tikhomiroff has been a reference in the international advertising sector for more than 20 years. He has won 41 Lion prizes in the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, which makes him the second most awarded person in this most important ad festival in the world. Son of Daniel Michael Tikhomiroff, a former director of Universal Pictures’ Division in Brazil, he grew up attending film screenings. He worked as assistant director in several Brazilian features as a young man, and directed his first documentary when he was 19. The successful career in advertising postponed Tikhomiroff’s dream of directing his first feature film, which he recently accomplished with Besouro.