"JOAQUIM", a Tropical Western
Some historical films are true to facts but get the period all wrong, while others admit to being inspired by an individual but are more committed to capturing the flavor of a moment in time. The latter describes Marcelo Gomes’ frequently stirring if episodic treatment of 18th-century Brazilian independence fighter Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, commonly known as Tiradentes. Informed by history books yet never straightjacketed by bland reverence, Gomes finds truth in concepts and details, envisioning an antihero’s transformation from unthinking colonialist henchman to revolutionary. Lively camerawork and strong characters come together for several memorable scenes, while the empowering message is likely to attract further festival dates for “Joaquim” following its Berlin premiere.
"Once Upon a Time Tiradentes: Director Marcelo Gomes Delivers Exceptional, Unique Biopic on Brazil’s Crusader of Enlightenment"
" Lively camerawork and strong characters come together for several memorable scenes"
"DP Pierre de Kerchove concocts a sun-soaked culture in transition"
"Like a cross between Che Guevara and Zorro, Julio Machado gives a lusty, gutsy performance that projects Xavier's wounded pride as much as his principled humanity"
"... a compelling performance from Isabel Zuaa"
"Another striking scene centers on an improvised vocal duet between an African slave (Welket Bungué) and an indigenous Brazilian, experimental baby steps toward an entire nation's future musical riches."
OTHER CAST: Rômulo Braga, Nuno Lopes, Eduardo Moreira, Diogo Dória, Miguel Pinheiro...
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Rômulo Braga e Isabel Zuua
Miguel Pinheiro, Welket Bungué e Marcelo Gomes
Isabel Zuua e Diogo Dória
Diogo Dória e Marcelo Gomes
Pierre de Kerchove