festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

Eduardo and Monica


One of the greatest poets of Brazilian rock music of all time, Renato Russo's lyrics tell richly detailed and unforgettable stories in a style reminiscent of Bob Dylan. He has inspired many people, but perhaps none more so than filmmaker René Sampaio whose blockbuster debut feature Brazilian Western was based on Russo's famous song "Faroeste Caboclo"; and who again draws inspiration from the great musician in the funny and heartwarming Eduardo and Monica.

In this irresistible love story, Alice Braga and Gabriel Leone bring to life the eponymous couple with the dizzying sexual chemistry that must overcome their significant differences in age and interests to make a promising relationship work in 1980's Brasilia. Can the romance between a sophisticated Rimbaud-reading college medical student and a soap opera-loving high school boy work out? Will what draws them together be strong enough to overcome the rest? Mixing drama, playfulness, and poetry, this is a romance for the ages!

This screening is supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by HBO.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

René Sampaio is a Brazilian director, producer and screenwriter. His debut feature film, Brazilian Western (13), brought over 1.5M spectators to Brazilian theaters, wining seven categories in the Brazilian Academy Awards, including Best Fiction Film. Gaining international recognition, it premiered internationally at Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at Miami Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, among others. He produced and co-directed the crime drama Impurosfor FOX Premium, the first most non-english streamed series on the platform in Latin America. He directed the telefilm Love Squared and co-directed the television thriller Mercilless both for Rede Globo. Partner of Barry Company and graduated in Communication by UnB.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    René Sampaio
  • Producer(s)
    Bianca De Felippes, René Sampaio
  • Production Company
    Gávea Filmes, Barry Company, Fogo Cerrado and Globo Filmes.
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Gustavo Hadba
  • Composer
    Fabiano Krieger, Lucas Marcier
  • Cast
    Alice Braga, Gabriel Leone

Film Info

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  • Original Title
    Eduardo e Mônica
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  • Run-Time
    114 min
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