Foolish Heart (1998 film)

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Foolish Heart
Corazon Iluminado1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Héctor Babenco
Produced by Héctor Babenco
Oscar Kramer
Written by Héctor Babenco
Ricardo Piglia
Starring Miguel Ángel Solá
Maria Luísa Mendonça
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Cinematography Lauro Escorel
Edited by Mauro Alice
Distributed by Columbia TriStar
Sony Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13) (Brazil)
  • December 3, 1998 (1998-12-03) (Argentina)
Running time
132 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Foolish Heart (Spanish: Corazón iluminado) is a 1998 Argentine, Brazilian, and French drama film directed by Héctor Babenco. The screenplay was written by Babenco and Ricardo Piglia. The film stars Miguel Ángel Solá, Maria Luísa Mendonça, and others.[1]

The picture is based on the story by Catulo Castillo.


The film tells of seventeen-year-old Juan (Walter Quiroz). He lives with his parents and spends time with several intellectuals who are interested in photography. The girlfriend of the group's money person is Ana (Maria Luísa Mendonça), and Juan is attracted to her.

Ana spent two years at a mental institution because she was considered "crazy", yet Juan sees Ana often.

Juan is training as a door-to-door salesman, but when a photographer gives him a viewfinder, it changes his life. He's put on the path to his later success as a Hollywood director.



The film was first presented at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in May.

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  1. ^ Corazón iluminado at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Foolish Heart". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 

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