Terra Nostra (telenovela)
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|Created by||Benedito Ruy Barbosa|
|Opening theme||"Tormento D'amore" - Charlotte Church and Agnaldo Rayol|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||221|
|Running time||65 mins|
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Original release||August 20, 1999– June 3, 2000|
|Preceded by||Suave Veneno|
|Followed by||Laços de Família|
The story is set in the late 19th century and takes place at a time when slaves were freed in Brazil and there was a need for workers, especially on Brazilian coffee fazendas (plantations). This partly resulted in a large number of Italian immigration in Brazil|Italians emigrating to Brazil, looking for employment and a better life.
Unlike many other telenovela stories, the characters are not larger than life in "Terra Nostra." Instead, they are everyday people who make ordinary decisions. Consequently, the viewers can relate to what is happening in the story.
"Terra Nostra" was written by Benedito Ruy Barbosa and directed by Jayme Monjardim. Both men are responsible for writing and directing other first-rate stories. The telenovela has many shots of nature and scenery.
Musical director Marcus Viana compiled several traditional Italian songs, performed by musicians such as Charlotte Church, Caetano Veloso, Zizi Possi, and Jerry Adriani. The soundtrack also includes original instrumental music by Viana, who also created soundtracks for other shows.
"Terra Nostra" has been shown in several countries, including Tahiti, Russia, Greece, Canada, Peru, the United States of America, Mauritius, Serbia, Hungary, and Philippines to Italy, Spain, Croatia, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, and others.
The telenovela takes place in Brazil between the end of nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This historical telenovela tells the story of these Italian immigrants. It focuses on the relationship of Giuliana Esplendore (Ana Paula Arosío) and Matteo Batistela (Thiago Lacerda) who meet each other during the voyage to Brazil. Most of the story takes place in a coffee farm in São Paulo.
Giuliana and Matteo immediately fall in love and plan a life together. Unfortunately, fate and some people do not plan it that way. A series of mishaps befall the couple and keep them apart. When they finally reunite, their conduct affects not only their lives, but also other people they have met along the way.
After docking, Giuliana and Matteo became lost and followed different paths. She is welcomed by Francesco (Raul Cortez), a banker millionaire friend of his deceased parents. Francesco is married to Janet, a boastful and arrogant woman, and father of Mark Antony, a bon vivant.
Matteo meanwhile works on the farm of Gumercindo (Antonio Fagundes), a coffee baron who is married to Maria do Socorro. While he is a loving father to his daughter Angélica, he is cruel to his other daughter, Rosana (Carolina Kasting).
Marco Antonio, another Italian immigrant, falls madly in love with Giuliana, who rejects him in her determination to find her ex-lover, Matteo. However when she discovers Matteo is expecting a son, Marco Antonio there sees the chance to be with her. Marco asks Giuliana to marry him and, in fear, she accepts.
Meanwhile, on the farm of Gumercindo, Matteo's charm enchants Angélica and Rosana. While Angélica is a shy girl, Rosana is impulsive and has strong personality. Rosana invests in Matteo despite being repeatedly rejected by him. However, to force Matteo to marry her, Rosana successfully seduces Matteo and makes love with him. To Angélica Angelica join the convent, Gumercindo accepts the wedding proposal of Augusto, a young man with dreams of becoming a politician.
Augusto, however, maintains an affair with Paola, a beautiful and fiery Italian who arrived in the same ship that Matteo and Giuliana had. Anacleto, her father, forces Augusto to marry Angélica and purchases a home for the couple in São Paulo. Subsequently Angélica and Augusto move to São Paulo, and Paola becomes Angelica's friend. In realizing that Augusto is happily married, Paola relinquishes her hope of marrying him.
Gumercindo approaches Francesco with a business proposition. At this point, Matteo is already married with Rosana, with whom he is expecting a son, and Giuliana had a daughter, Annie, with Marco. But when the real desires of Giuliana and Matteo's son is uncovered, the marriage of Francesco and Janet falls apart, and Giuliana also separates from Marco.
But for both live this great love, left leaving the past behind, and that includes two stones on the way the couple will have to be overcome: The disgusting Rosana and the egocentric Mark Antony. The story concludes with Giuliana marrying Matteo and them expecting a child together, and Matteo adopts Annie.
Moral issues arise which produce fruitful debate for the television viewers. There are no simple answers because none of the characters or issues are strictly right or wrong, black or white. The issues and personalities are gray and will cause the viewers to change their minds during the storyline.
Marcello Antony|| Marco Antônio Magliano
|Ana Paula Arósio||Giuliana Splendore|
|Thiago Lacerda||Matteo Battistella|
|Carolina Kasting||Rosana Telles de Aranha|
|Antônio Fagundes||Gumercindo Telles de Aranha|
|Débora Duarte||Maria do Socorro Teles de Aranha|
|Raul Cortez||Francesco Magliano|
|Ângela Vieira||Janete Magliano|
|Maria Fernanda Cândido||Paola|
|Paloma Duarte||Angélica Teles de Aranha|
|Gabriel Braga Nunes||Augusto Marcondes|
|Antônio Calloni||Bartolo Migliavacca|
|Odilon Wagner||Altino Marcondes|
|Elias Gleizer||Padre Olavo|
|Raymundo de Souza||Renato|
|Roberto Bomfim||Agente Justino|
|André Luiz Miranda||Júlio Francisco Santana (Tiziu)|
|Mário César Camargo||Anacleto|
|Adhenor de Souza||Juvenal|
|Paulo de Almeida||Toninho|
|Guilherme Bernard||José Alceu|
- South America
- Latin America:
- Space Channel - September 4, 2000
- Pasiones TV - April 14, 2014
- South Europe
- Demasio, Fafa (7 November 2001), IMDB User Comment, retrieved 19 November 2009