Olga (film)

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Olga Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jayme Monjardim
Produced by Caru Alves de Souza
Tata Amaral
Screenplay by Rita Buzzar
Based on Olga
by Fernando Morais
Music by Marcus Viana
Cinematography Ricardo Della Rosa
Edited by Pedro Amorim
Beat Morell
Europa Filmes
Globo Filmes
Nexus Cinema e Vídeo
Distributed by Elo Audiovisual
Europa Filmes
Release date
  • August 20, 2004 (2004-08-20) (Brazil)
Running time
141 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$12 million

Olga is a 2004 Brazilian film directed by Jayme Monjardim. It was Brazil's submission to the 77th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]

The film was a produced by Nexus Cinema in conjunction with Globo Filmes and Lumiere. Olga was seen by over three million viewers and won more than 20 awards in Brazil and internationally. It is one of several Brazilian films to treat Jewish themes.[3]


Olga is the feature-film chronicle of the German Jew Olga Benario Prestes’ (1908-1942) life and times. A communist activist since her youth, Olga is persecuted by the Police and flees to Moscow, where she undergoes military training. She is put in charge of escorting Luis Carlos Prestes to Brazil to lead the Communist Revolution of 1935, falling in love with him long the way. With the failure of the Revolution, Olga is arrested alongside Prestes. Seven-month pregnant Olga is deported by President Vargas’ Government to Nazi Germany, where she gives birth to her daughter Anita Leocádia while incarcerated. Separated from her daughter, Olga is sent away to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she is executed in the gas chamber.



  • Director - Jayme Monjardim
  • Writer - Rita Buzzar (Based on the novel by Fernando Morais)
  • Producer - Rita Buzzar
  • Original Music - Marcus Viana
  • Cinematography - Ricardo Della Rosa
  • Film Editing - Pedro Amorim
  • Art Direction - Tiza de Oliveira


  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2005: Best Art Direction (Tiza Oliveira), Best Costume Design (Paulo Lóes) and Best Make-up (Marlene Moura).
  • Havana Film Festival 2005: Audience Award.
  • ABC Cinematography Award 2005: Best Art Direction (Tiza Oliveira) and Best Cinematography (Ricardo Della Rosa).
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2007: Audience Award, Best narrative Film.
  • Washington Film Festival 2005: Best Film.
  • Viña Del Mar Film Festival 2005: Best Film, Best Direction (Jayme Monjardim) and Best Actress (Camila Morgado).

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  1. ^ "50 Countries in Competition for Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2004-10-22. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  2. ^ "2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards Nominees". Yahoo! Movies. 2005-01-25. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols Ph.D., Timothy R. Robbins Ph.D. Pop Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean 2015 - 1610697545- Page 145 "In Brazil, Jom Tob Azulay's film, O judeu [The Jew, 1996], tells of 18th-century intellectual Antônio José da Silva, who was burned at the stake by the Inquisition. Other Brazilian filmmakers who deal with Jewish themes include Jayme Monjardim, who directed Olga (2004); João Batista de Andrade, director of Vlado treinta anos depois [Vlado Thirty Years Later, 2005]; and Cao Hamburger, whose O ano O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias [The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, 2006] is a coming-of-age story about Mauro, whose parents are forced to flee the country..

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