Lula, the Son of Brazil

Lula, the Son of Brazil

Rui Ricardo Diaz as seen in LULA, THE SON OF BRAZIL, a film directed by Fabio Barreto. Picture courtesy New Yorker Films. All rights reserved.

Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009/2012)

Opened: 01/13/2012 Limited

Festival Premi...11/17/2009
Lincoln Plaza01/13/2012 - 01/26/201214 days
Quad Cinema/NYC01/13/2012 - 01/19/20127 days
Music Hall 301/27/2012 - 02/02/20127 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

Genre: Brazilian Biographical Drama (Portuguese w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


Based on the book by Denise Parana, Lula, Son of Brazil is a richly produced, deeply moving story of the early years of Brazil's most beloved president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Not to be construed as a film about a politician, or a president, this is more to the point an incredible story of perseverance, family, love, honor, resilience, heroism... a story so fantastic, that it could work as fiction.

Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother (Gloria Pires in an award-winning performance as Dona Lindu) who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her children with the drive and courage to live life without fear. Lindu, who was abandoned by her husband just before Lula's birth, never wavered from her strict commitment to seeing that her kids live a better life. She raised eight children on her own, and with an unbridled tenacity, she saw to it that each child lived life to the fullest.

Lula spent the better part of his childhood growing up just outside of Santos, Brazil. When he wasn't in school, he helped support the family. He hustled -- shining shoes, selling fruit, working as a delivery boy... Life got better and, as fate would have it, he was soon accepted to study at SENAI, a technical school from which he graduated in 1963. As a full-fledged member of the union, Lula found his path to a life in politics. However it wasn't until he experienced an intense personal transformation following the startling death of his first wife and unborn son, that Lula found the courage and ambition he needed to take full control of his destiny. This "common man" who overcame incredible adversity would soon rise to become one of the world's most extraordinary men.

By 2010, Time Magazine had declared Lula one of the "Most Influential People in the World" and Forbes ranked him as "One of the World's Most Powerful People." He was named the "Man of the Year" by Le Monde and El Pais, and Esquire hailed him as "One of the Most Influential People of the 21st Century."

Lula, Son of Brazil is directed by Fabio Barreto and produced by his sister Paula Barreto for L.C. Barreto, the legendary film production company started by their parents in 1961. The film was chosen as Brazil's entry to the 2011 Academy Awards.


Fabio Barreto (Director)

Before directing feature films, Fabio Barreto accumulated vast experience in many aspects of the film industry, including as a production assistant for the film of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976), assistant director on Amor Bandido (1978) and as a producer of O Beijo no Asfalto (1980).

In 1982 he directed his first feature film, India, a Filha do Sol, starring newcomer Gloria Pires, which was based on the novel by Bernard Ellis. His next films were O Rei do Rio (inspired by the play of Dias Gomes), and Luzia Homem (based on the novel by Domingos Olimpio, starring Claudia Ohana). In 1995, he made O Quatrilho, a landmark in the rebirth of Brazilian cinema. Based on the novel by Jose Clemente Pozzenato, the film depicted the beginning of Italian colonization in southern Brazil. It reunited the director and actress Gloria Pires alongside Patricia Pillar, Alexandre Paternost and Bruno Campos. O Quatrilho received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Fabio then made Bela Donna, adapted from the novel Riacho Doce by Jose Lins de Rego. He returned to the Rio Grande for his next two films -- A Paixao de Jacobina and Nossa Senhora do Caravaggio. He also co-directed, with Marcelo Santiago, the documentary Grupo Corpo 30 years -- a Brazilian family.

Fabio also directs for TV. Among his latest productions are Sonhos e Desejos, directed by Marcelo Santiago, and O Homem que Desafiou o Diabo, directed by Moacyr Goes. He also has directed episodes of the Brazilian version of TV series Desperate Housewives.

Luiz Carlos Barreto (Producer)

Born in Sobral, Ceara, in 1928, Luiz Carlos Barreto is one of the biggest names in Brazilian cinema. A native of Ceara who has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 1947, Luiz Carlos Barreto was a journalist and photographer for the landmark Brazilian magazine, "O Cruzeiro" from the 1950s until 1963. He covered important events in Brazil and internationally and received a degree in Arts & Letters from the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1961, as the co-author and co-producer of Roberto Farias' pioneering film, The Pay-Train Robbery, Luiz Carlos Barreto finally met his true passion: cinema. And when passion is combined with talent the results couldn't be any different. He has achieved enormous success both in Brazil and abroad and is considered one of the key figures of Cinema Novo, the political and aesthetic movement that caused a true revolution in the Latin American cinema.

He's produced more than 80 films, feature films and documentaries alike, through his production company L.C. Barreto, established in 1962. Among the many classics Luiz Carlos has produced are Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, by Bruno Barreto (record box office in Brazil with 12 million viewers); Bye Bye Brazil, by Carlos Diegues; Memorias do Carcere, by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, and Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film: O Quatrilho, by Fabio Barreto, and Four Days in September, by Bruno Barreto.

Lucy Barreto (Producer)

A musician and graduate of the Conservatory of Paris, who along with her husband Luiz Carlos facilitated the perfect encounter of arts that brought together music and photography, image and sound. And that is how this unique couple's true calling in life was born: filmmaking.

The Seventh Art took over her life entirely in the 1960's, as she worked on all aspects of filmmaking. After many experiences she finally established herself as an executive producer, and later on as head production for the family company, L.C. Barreto. She has produced more than 50 films involving a number of different directors.

Paula Barreto (Producer)

A graduate in Audiovisual Communication, she joined the production arm of L.C. Barreto & Filmes do Equador in 1983. She was an assistant to the costume designer in O Menino do Rio, by Antonio Calmon, an assembly assistant for Aventuras do Paraiba, by Marco Altber and a production assistant in O Rei do Rio, by Fabio Barreto. On the administrative side, she turned to matters of domestic and foreign markets, with emphasis on contacts with international distributors in the United States and Europe.

In 1990, she took leave from the company to tend to her family, but returned to L.C. Barreto in 1997. Since then, she took over the management of the company and has led several productions, including Aventura do Zico, directed by Antonio Carlos da Fontoura and Bossa Nova, directed by Bruno Barreto.

In late 2001, she produced A Paixao de Jacobina, by Fabio Barreto, followed by O Caminho das Nuvens (Vicente Amorim), launched in 2003, and O Casamento de Romeu E Julieta (Bruno Barreto/2005), her first solo production, followed by Caixa Dois, (Bruno Barreto/2007) O Homem que Desafiou o Diabo (Moacyr Goes/2008) and Polaroides Urbanas, which marked the directorial debut of Miguel Falabella in 2008.

About L.C. Barreto

Celebrating its 50th year in 2012, L.C. Barreto has such a rich history that it can be said it gets mixed up with the history of Brazilian and Latin American Cinema. Since it was founded in 1961, L.C. Barreto has produced and co-produced more than 80 feature films and shorts according to the highest artistic and technical standards.

This commitment to high-quality filmmaking has earned the company a number of awards and an open door to international markets. A great example and symbol of so many accomplishments is the feature film Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, watched by over 12 million Brazilians and commercialized in more than 80 countries around the world.

At that time, LC Barreto founded the New York-based Carnaval Filmes Inc. for overseas distribution, which established its entry into the North American market. In reaching higher and higher, associations have been formed with New Yorker Films, Fox-Lorber/Winstar, Pandora, Miramax, and Sony Classics for the international distribution of Bye Bye Brazil, Quatrilho, Four Days in September, Bela Donna and Bossa Nova, thus consolidating its presence in the international market in addition to having its film library handled internationally.

L.C. Barreto applies its recognized capability in various productions, such as publicity films, corporate and institutional videos, training and motivational videos, TV specials, documentaries and video clips, sound tracks, jingles and advertising spots, multimedia projects (interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs); telephone content and the creation of merchandising actions.

Diversity, innovation, creativity and international recognition make L.C. Barreto a company up-to-date with the demands of the dynamic film and audiovisual industry.