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Desmundo film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alain Fresnot
Produced by Alain Fresnot
Van Fresnot
Written by Alain Fresnot
Sabina Anzuategui
Anna Muylaert
Based on Desmundo by Ana Miranda
Starring Simone Spoladore
Osmar Prado
Caco Ciocler
Music by John Neschling
Cinematography Pedro Farkas
Edited by Junior Carone
Alain Fresnot
Mayalu Oliveira
A.F. Cinema e Vídeo
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) (Festival do Rio)
  • May 30, 2003 (2003-05-30) (Brazil)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$4.5 million[1]
Box office R$692,921[2]

Desmundo is a 2002 Brazilian drama film by Alain Fresnot, based on the novel of the same name by Ana Miranda. The film is set in 1570, a period when orphan Portuguese girls were sent to marry the settlers' sons. This was done to prevent the Portuguese from having sons with the indigenous peoples and black people in order to keep the Christian marriage and a "pure" heritage. The film follows Oribela (Simone Spoladore) as she is sent from Portugal to Brazil to marry Francisco de Albuquerque (Osmar Prado).[3]


  • Simone Spoladore as Oribela
  • Osmar Prado as Francisco de Albuquerque
  • Caco Ciocler as Ximeno Dias
  • Berta Zemel as dona Branca
  • Beatriz Segall as dona Brites
  • José Eduardo as governator
  • Débora Olivieri as Maria
  • José Rubens Chachá as João Couto
  • Cacá Rosset as Afonso Soares D'Aragão
  • Giovanna Borghi as Bernardinha
  • Laís Marques as Giralda
  • Arrigo Barnabé as musician


In order to be more faithful to the period Desmundo is set, Fresnot—beyond of using clothing, furniture and costumes—decided that the characters would speak in archaic Portuguese. He said it was a "very hard decision", but felt it would seem shallow to use colloquial language in a historical film. Thus, the film has subtitles in contemporary Portuguese.[4] Its filming took place in Ubatuba, São Paulo.[5]


At the 35th Festival de Brasília, Desmundo won Best Score and Best Supporting Actress (Berta Zemel).[6] It won Best Art Direction (Adrian Cooper and Chico Andrade), Best Costume Design (Marjorie Guelle) and Best Make Up (Vavá Torres) at the Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro.[7]


  1. ^ Veras, Luciana (November 27, 2002). "Produções de baixo custo dão tom a festival". Diário de Pernambuco (in Portuguese). Diários Associados. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 32. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hessel, Marcelo (May 29, 2003). "Desmundo | Crítica". Omelete (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Filme reconstitui Brasil do século 16 com saga pessoal". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. October 25, 2002. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bate-papo com Alain Fresnot, diretor do filme "Desmundo"" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Archived from the original on June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Festival de Brasília consagra "Amarelo Manga"". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. November 27, 2002. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Morisawa, Mariane (September 20, 2004). "Teve até Michael Moore". IstoÉ Gente (in Portuguese). Editora Três. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 

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