The recent re-ascendance of extreme-right politics in Brazil has made this brutal biopic of Marxist activist Carlos Marighella (Seu Jorge, the Bowie-playing guitarist in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) suddenly even more timely.
"'An exciting and highly assured debut, with a terrific ensemble cast at its heart."—The Hollywood Reporter
Beginning with a breathless, Robin Hood-style train robbery and ending with a highly provocative—and not for the faint of heart—final sequence, the directing debut of journalist, musician, and actor Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Pablo Escobar in Narcos) is a searing and energized portrait of one of Brazil's most divisive historical figures, Afro-Brazilian poet and politician Carlos Marighella (actor/singer Seu Jorge, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou). Driven to fight against the erosion of civil and human rights following the CIA-backed military coup of 1964 and the brutal right-wing dictatorship that followed, the revolutionary leaves behind wife Clara (Adriana Esteves) and son Carlinhos to take to the streets, soon authoring the highly influential Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla, becoming a notorious enemy to the power structure—and being doggedly pursued by sadistic chief inspector Lucio (Bruno Gagliasso), before an untimely death in a dramatic police ambush in 1969. Co-written with Felipe Braga and produced by City Of God director Fernando Meirelles, Marighella has already become a lightning rod in its native Brazil at a time when the country is returning to the far-right authoritarianism Marighella himself fought against. An urgent call to action in an unsteady time, Marighella is not to be missed.
Moura was born in 1976 in Salvador, Bahia in northwest Brazil to a father who was a sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force. Although he participated in performing arts at his high school, Moura was hesitant to pursue acting professionally. He thought of journalism as a more secure career path, so he graduated with a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Bahia. After a short stint as a local television reporter, he decided to take his passion for acting seriously. He began as a stage actor before securing local film roles, and eventually expanded his career internationally. His greatest international success has been the 2015 Netflix original series "Narcos," in which he portrayed the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Moura is also the main vocalist and guitar player for the band Sua Mae ("Your Mother").
Sponsored by Arrivé, Poquitos
- Director: Wagner Moura
- Principal Cast: Seu Jorge, Adriana Esteves, Bruno Gagliasso, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Humberto Carrao
- Premiere Status: North American Premiere
- Country: Brazil
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 155 minutes
- Producer: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck, Wagner Moura, Fernando Meirelles
- Screenplay: Felipe Braga, Wagner Moura
- Cinematographers: Adrian Teijido
- Editors: Lucas Gonzaga
- Music: Antonio Pinto
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: Portuguese
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Elle Driver