Terra Estrangeira

Terra Estrangeira is an engrossing, grainy black-and-white thriller made in the best film noir tradition. It is 1990, and Brazil’s newly elected president, Fernando Collor, has frozen all personal savings accounts. Young Brazilians, fearing a bleak future, leave the country in droves. Among them is Alex, who would rather eke out an existence as a waitress in Portugal than remain in São Paolo.

Paco, meanwhile, dreams of travelling abroad, and when his mother dies, he no longer has anything keeping him in Brazil. Accepting a delivery job from a shady businessman, Paco heads off to Lisbon. When things go wrong, Paco finds himself thrown together with Alex. The two end up on the run with a violin full of uncut diamonds, and an underworld honcho on their trail.

Terra Estrangeira (1996)




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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