O Primeiro Dia (Midnight)

The year 2000 is approaching. As millennium parties get underway in Rio de Janeiro, João escapes from jail by murdering his cellmate and slipping away during the confusion. Meanwhile, Maria, a speech therapist, finds a note from her lover, Pedro, indicating that he has moved out. Maria begins wandering the confetti-filled streets in the vain hope of finding Pedro.

Out in the streets together, João and Maria intersect. As the fireworks ushering in the new millennium explode over Copacabana beach, the couple seal their newfound love. Yet is that love doomed to end before it can even begin?

O Primeiro Dia (Midnight) (1998)




Portuguese, with English subtitles


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Daniela Thomas | Walter Salles

Daniela Thomas

Daniela Thomas is an award-winning director, screenwriter and editor. She co-directed her first feature film, Terra Estrangeira, alongside Walter Salles in 1996. In 2006 she co-directed-again with Salles- a segment of the portmanteau film, Paris je t’aime. Her most recent film is Insolação (2009), which she made with Filipe Hirsch.

Walter Salles

Walter Salles’ first major film was Terra Estrangeira (1996) which heh co-directed with Daniela Thomas. In 1998 he released Central do Brasil (Central Station), which picked up two Academy Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2003, Salles was voted one of the best 40 Best Directors in the World by the UK Guardian newspaper. The next year saw the release of his biggest international success to date, The Motorcycle Diaries.

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