Brave New Land

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Brave New Land
Brave New Land.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lúcia Murat
Produced by Cristina Aché
Lúcia Murat
Written by Lúcia Murat
Starring Diogo Infante
Floriano Peixoto
Luciana Rigueira
Leonardo Villar
Music by Livio Trachtenberg
Cinematography Antonio Luiz Mendes
Edited by Cezar Migliorin
Mair Tavares
Taiga Filmes
Distributed by Riofilme
Release date
  • 7 September 2000 (2000-09-07) (Toronto)
  • November 2000 (2000-11)[1]
Running time
104 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$1.4 million[2]
Box office R$102,507[3]

Brave New Land (Portuguese: Brava Gente Brasileira) is a 2000 Brazilian drama film written and directed by Lúcia Murat. The title comes from a line from the chorus refrain written by journalist Evaristo da Veiga for the Brazilian Independence Anthem. It depicts the conflicted relationship between Portuguese, Spanish and Indigenous in the 18th century.



In the late 1980s, Murat knew the history about the conflict between Indigenous people and military in the Forte Coimbra, a fort of the Western Military Command in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul.[2] And, in 1997, when a producer asked her about the planning of any film she remembered the story.[2] She first visited the Kadiweu people in April 1997, and the shooting took place in seven weeks in a set in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul in 1999.[2][4]


It was first screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and O Estado de S. Paulo reported it received praise from critics.[2] However, Derek Elley from Variety criticized it for its clichés, calling it "solidly conventional behind its verismo front". Elley said "Budgetary constraints hamper what little drama is happening onscreen, and only actor to make much of an impression is Leonardo Villar as the fort's gnarled, pragmatic commander."[5] In spite of it, the film won Best Actress Award (Rigueira) and Best Score Award at the Festival de Brasília.[2]


  1. ^ "Brava Gente Brasileira". Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f ""Brava Gente Brasileira" mostra vitória dos índios guaicuru em 1778". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. January 18, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Brava Gente Brasileira" discute diferenças culturais no Brasil colonial". Gazeta Mercantil (in Portuguese). Terra Networks. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Review: 'Brave New Land'". Variety. October 16, 2000. Retrieved April 27, 2004. 

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