Serra Pelada (film)

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Serra Pelada
Serra Pelada Film Poster.jpg
Brazilian theatrical poster
Directed byHeitor Dhalia
Produced byAndrezza de Faria
Wagner Moura
Tatiana Quintella
Written byHeitor Dhalia
Vera Egito
StarringJuliano Cazarré
Júlio Andrade
Sophie Charlotte
Wagner Moura
Matheus Nachtergaele
Music byAntonio Pinto
Edited byMárcio Hashimoto Soares
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 18 October 2013 (2013-10-18) (Brazil)
Running time
100 minutes
BudgetR$ 10 million[1]
Box office$1,908,156[2]

Serra Pelada is a 2013 Brazilian drama film co-written and directed by Heitor Dhalia, starring Juliano Cazarré, Júlio Andrade, Sophie Charlotte, Wagner Moura, and Matheus Nachtergaele.

The film follows the story of two men in Serra Pelada, one of the largest mines in the world.[3]


The friends Juliano (Juliano Cazarré) and Joaquim (Júlio Andrade) leave São Paulo in search of the dream of gold. The year is 1978. The two arrive at the Amazon jungle as so many other thousands of men arrived. Full of dreams and illusions. But life in the camp changes everything. The obsession with wealth and power destroys them. Juliano becomes a gangster. Joaquim leaves all his values behind.[4]


  • Juliano Cazarré as Juliano
  • Júlio Andrade as Joaquim
  • Sophie Charlotte as Thereza
  • Wagner Moura as Lindo Rico
  • Matheus Nachtergaele as Carvalho
  • Eline Porto as Izabel
  • Lyu Arisson as Marcelo
  • Edmilson Cordeiro as Josias
  • Silvero Pereira as Severino
  • Démick Lopes as Maria Y
  • Jesuíta Barbosa as Navalhada
  • Adriano Barroso as Lindomar
  • Rose Tuñas as Bereka
  • Alysson Amaral as Caboclo
  • Oswaldo Eugênio as Nego Diamante
  • Leonel Ferreira as Felicio



The director Heitor Dhalia said to UOL that Serra Pelada was the hardest movie he ever made. "When I had the idea of the film, I thought: ' why had nobody thought of doing this movie before? ' And when I was filming I understood why. It was almost impossible to be done. It was very complex. It was the hardest film I've ever done".[1]

According to Dhalia, it was hard to tell the story of a camp which focused on men living in precarious conditions and facing orders from the owners of the operating areas. "We're talking about a fairly important Brazilian event of our recent history. The biggest gold rush of the modern era. Highest concentration of manual labor since the pyramids of Egypt, which had 4,000 men. In Serra Pelada there were around 100,000 men working".[5]


The film was going to be shot in Pará, but ended up being filmed in Paulínia, São Paulo, after Vale and the Amazonian State Government denied support for the production.[1]

The producer Tatiana Quintella confirmed that Vale vetoed the filming in Pará, but explained that running the production there would be unworkable. "We had no budget for the logistics and security of our team. So we decided to shoot the film in São Paulo".[1]


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