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    A tropical Western, A stirring if episodic treatment of 18th-century Brazilian independence fighter Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, commonly known … Read More
    A tropical Western, A 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. Read Less
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"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"
ION CINEMA
" Lively camerawork and strong characters come together for several memorable scenes"
VARIETY
"DP Pierre de Kerchove concocts a sun-soaked culture in transition"
ION CINEMA
"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"
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"... a compelling performance from Isabel Zuaa"
ION CINEMA
"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."
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

OTHER CAST: Rômulo Braga, Nuno Lopes, Eduardo Moreira, Diogo Dória, Miguel Pinheiro... 

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Diamantina - MG
Marcelo Gomes
Julio Machado
Isabel Zuua
Welket Bungué
Rômulo Braga e Isabel Zuua
Miguel Pinheiro, Welket Bungué e Marcelo Gomes
Nuno Lopes
Isabel Zuua e Diogo Dória
Eduardo Moreira
Rômulo Braga
Julio Machado
Diogo Dória e Marcelo Gomes
Marcos Pedroso
Pierre de Kerchove