Júlio Bressane

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Júlio Bressane
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Bressane in 2006
Born (1946-02-13) February 13, 1946 (age 75)
OccupationFilm director, writer
Years active1965–present

Júlio Eduardo Bressane de Azevedo (born February 13, 1946) is a Brazilian filmmaker and writer.


A representative of the Brazilian cinema marginal, Julio Bressane began making films as an assistant director of Walter Lima Jr., in 1965.[1]

In 1967 Bressane debuted as director with Face to Face, being selected for the Festival of Brasilia. In 1970 he founded Belair Movies in company with fellow filmmaker Rogério Sganzerla. They chose a model of making films and low-cost production and thereby managed to run six feature films in just six months.[1]

He came into exile in London in the early 1970s, but returned to Brazil several years later and made one film after another, using slapstick and debauchery as its main features. An acclaimed film of this period was the provocative Tabu, released in 1982. Critics consider Bressane the most scholarly of the Brazilian film directors, and his work is notable for the diversity of its narrative language.[1] Another feature of his filmography is the comprehensive approach to historical and literary characters. He is also noted by his low-budget, short-time shootings, with an average of 11 to 14 days to make and edit a film.[2]

His film Cleopatra was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2007, as part of the Mostra Venezia Maestri (Venice Masters Exhibition),[2] as well as being named best film of the 40th Festival de Brasília Film in November 2007.


dagger Indicates a documentary double-dagger Indicates a short film
List of films directed by Júlio Bressane
Year Original title English release title Language(s) Notes
1966 Lima Barreto: Trajetória dagger Portuguese Short documentary on Lima Barreto.
1966 Bethânia Bem de Perto: A Propósito de Um Show dagger Portuguese Co-directed with Eduardo Escorel. Short documentary and concert film on Maria Bethânia.
1967 Cara a Cara Face to Face Portuguese
1969 Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema Killed the Family and Went to the Movies Portuguese
1969 O Anjo Nasceu The Angel Was Born Portuguese
1970 Cuidado Madame Cuidado Madame Portuguese
1970 Barão Olavo, o Horrível Baron Olavo, the Horrible Portuguese
1970 A Família do Barulho A Família do Barulho Portuguese
1971 Memórias de Um Estrangulador de Loiras Memories of a Blonde Strangler Portuguese
1971 Amor Louco Crazy Love Portuguese
1971 A Fada do Oriente Portuguese
1972 Lágrima Pantera Lágrima Pantera Portuguese Brazilian-american coproduction.
1973 O Rei do Baralho O Rei do Baralho Portuguese
1975 O Monstro Caraíba Portuguese
1977 Viola Chinesa dagger Chinese Viola: My Encounter with Brazilian Cinema Portuguese Short documentary.
1978 O Gigante da América The Giant of America Portuguese
1978 Agonia A Agonia Portuguese
1979 Cinema Inocente dagger Cinema Inocente Portuguese Medium length documentary.
1982 Tabu Tabu Portuguese
1985 Brás Cubas Brás Cubas Portuguese
1989 Sermões: A História de Antônio Vieira Sermões: A História de Antônio Vieira Portuguese Based on the life of António Vieira.
1992 Quem Seria o Feliz Conviva de Isadora Duncan? double-dagger Portuguese Segment of Oswaldianas (1992).
1995 O Mandarim The Mandarin Portuguese Based on the life of Mário Reis.
1997 Miramar Miramar Portuguese, English
1999 São Jerônimo São Jerônimo Portuguese
2001 Dias de Nietzsche em Turim Days of Nietzsche in Turin Portuguese
2003 Filme de Amor A Love Movie Portuguese
2007 Ver Viver Reviver dagger Ver Viver Reviver Portuguese Short documentary.
2007 Cleópatra Cleópatra Portuguese
2007 Passagem em Ferrara dagger Passagem em Ferrara Portuguese Short documentary dedicated to Michelangelo Antonioni.
2008 A Erva do Rato The Herb of the Rat Portuguese
2012 Rua Aperana 52 dagger Aperana Street 52 Portuguese
2012 O Batuque dos Astros dagger Drumming Beat of the Stars Portuguese Documentary on Fernando Pessoa.
2013 Educação Sentimental Portuguese
2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded dagger Portuguese Segment director.
2015 Garoto Kid Portuguese
2016 Beduino Beduino Portuguese
2018 Sedução da Carne Sedução da Carne Portuguese
2019 Nietzsche sils Maria Rochedo de Surlej dagger Nietzsche sils Maria Rochedo de Surlej Portuguese Co-directed with Rosa Dias and Rodrigo Lima.


  • Venice Film Festival, 2001 (Italy) – Winner of Filmcritica Bastone Bianco Award (Júlio Bressane).
  • Love Film won the awards for best film, photography (Walter Carvalho) and soundtrack (Guilherme Vaz), the 36th Festival de Brasília Film in 2003
  • Candango won the trophy for best film at the Festival de Brasília, by Tabu (1982) and Miramar (1997)
  • Candango won the trophy for best director at the Festival de Brasilia, Miramar (1997) and St. Jerome (1999)
  • Award for best screenplay to Rosa Maria Dias at the Festival de Brasilia by Days of Nietzsche in Turin


  • Some (1996)
  • Cinemancia (2000)
  • Fotodrama (2005)
  • Deslimite (2011)


  1. ^ a b c Júlio Bressane Archived January 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b Júlio Bressane/Cleopatra

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