Where are you, João Gilberto ?

Director Georges Gachot
Switzerland / 107 min. / 2018 / Portuguese, German


Testament to an impossible search, that of the misanthropic creator of bossa nova João Gilberto, by a German fan who follows the detective investigations of a writer who tried it once before.


A long time ago, the patriarch of bossa nova decided to bunker in and reduce all communication with the outside world to the telephone and to notes slipped under the door. Seven years ago, German writer Marc Fischer, obsessed with music and the mystery surrounding João Gilberto, decided to find his whereabouts and hear him sing in person. For this, he transmorphed into a kind of Sherlock Holmes and inquired among the people close to him and the key sites of his life and artistic career. He left a record of this adventure in a book, and shortly before its publication, he committed suicide. The director and protagonist of this film takes over and, with Fischer’s notes in hand, follows in his footsteps in pursuit of the same dream. From Ipanema to Copacabana and from there to Diamantina, we meet the singer Miúcha (Gilberto's ex-wife) and musicians such as Donato, Roberto Menescal and Marcos Valle, some of whom haven’t seen the maestro for decades, he who is famed for his obsessive perfectionism and his social phobia through eternal performances of "Desafinado" or "Chega de Saudade". Gilberto and the ill-fated Fischer become ghostly presences in a film that deals with obsession and nostalgia as a curse. Why look for a man who does not want to be found?

THURSDAY 1ST AT 21:30H: PRESENTATION BY THE DOCUMENTARY TEAM. WARM UP BY PEDRO CALERO. 

Entradas BCN

Details
Subtitles
VOSE

Section
International Official Selection


Showing format

Participation
in festivals
Visions du Reel

Leadings
Max Simonischek, Joao Donato, Miucha, Marcos Valle, Roberto Menescal, Anselmo Rocha, Garrincha, Rachel Balassiano, Octavio Terceiro, Cesar Gomes Villela, Geraldo Ribeiro de Miranda

Screenwriter(s)
Georges Gachot, Paolo Poloni

Editor(s)
Julie Pelat

Camera
Stéphane Kuthy

Sound designer
Michael Kranz

Music Composer
Donato João

Producer
Georges Gachot, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Christoph Menardi, Andreas Artzwanger

Film company

Film distributor

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