Brazil, 1943. Three brothers set out into the feral center of the country seeking adventure. Armed with an insatiable curiosity, they befriend a village of Xingu Indians, and together they build an airstrip to bring modernity to this ancient place. But after a flu epidemic wipes out half the village, the brothers' naïveté turns into a decades-long fight to protect the Xingu from the disastrous side effects of progress.
This triumphant epic film traces the real-life saga of the Villas-Boas brothers as they stand up to corrupt governments and their own inner struggles. With wild, breathtaking visuals and eerie, rich sound design, TFF alum Cao Hamburger conveys a distinct vision of Brazil while finding a universally resonant message in his protagonists' revolutionary vision. Felipe Carmago, João Miguel and Caio Blat (as Orlando, Cláudio, and Leonardo Villas-Boas) craft characters whose unique struggles combine to make a powerful narrative. Xingu tells an inspiring story of human rights and environmental activism that remains as controversial and relevant today as it was 60 years ago.
Length: 102 minutes
Premiere: North American
Director: Cao Hamburger
Screenwriter: Elena Soarez, Cao Hamburger, Anna Muylaert
Producer: Fernando Meirelles, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck
Editor: Gustavo Giani
Associate Producer: Globo Filmes
Director of Photography: Adriano Goldman, ABC
Production Designer: Cassio Amarante
Composer: Beto Villares
Primary Cast: João Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat, Maiarim Kaiabi, Awakari Tumã Kaiabi, Adana Kambeba, Tapaié Waurá, Totomai Yawalapiti
Cao Hamburger was born in São Paulo. He has directed more than 200 commercials, published children's books, created video installations, and written and directed some of the most popular children's series on Brazilian television. His feature The Year My Parents Went on Vacation screened at TFF in 2006.