Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho (May 11, 1933 – February 2, 2014) was a Brazilian film director, screen writer, actor and film producer, known as one of the most important documentarists in Brazil.

Eduardo Coutinho
Coutinho in 2012
Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho

(1933-05-11)May 11, 1933
DiedFebruary 2, 2014(2014-02-02) (aged 80)
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • film editor
Years active1967–2014

He directed and wrote the script to the 1967 popular Brazilian film, ABC do amor near the beginning of his career. The film was entered into the 17th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

He died on February 2, 2014 in a suspected murder in Rio de Janeiro, his son, who suffers schizophrenia being the prime suspect in the ongoing investigation.[2][3][4]


Born in São Paulo in 1933, Coutinho was a law school graduate. He worked as copy editor at the magazine Visão between 1954 and 1957, and after that he went to France to study film direction at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques.

Back to Brazil in 1960, Coutinho collaborated with the Centro Popular de Cultura - CPC (Popular Center of Culture), an intellectual group associated to the União Nacional de Estudantes -UNE (National Student Union), where he produced the 1962 film Cinco Vezes Favela.

Chosen to direct CPC's next production, Coutinho started to work in a fiction based on the death of João Pedro Teixeira, a peasant leader of the Ligas Camponesas in Pernambuco, titled Cabra marcado para morrer. The own rural workers would play themselves in the film, including Elizabeth, Teixeira's widow. The production was interrupted by the 1964 military coup d'état, and part of the production was imprisoned. After the end of dictatorship in Brazil, in 1985, the film was resumed, but as a documentary with shots of the original film and interviews of the surviving production members.[5]

In 1966, Coutinho has constituted a film production company with Leon Hirszman and Marcos Faria. He wrote and directed ABC do Amor in 1967, The Man who Bought the World (1968) and Faustão (1970).

Later he has specialized in screenwriting, being a writer for films such as Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976). Between 1976 and 1984, Coutinho was part of the crew of TV program Globo Repórter.


  Indicates a documentary   Indicates a short film
List of films directed by Eduardo Coutinho
Year Original title English release title(s) Language(s) Notes
1967 O Pacto   Portuguese Segment of The ABC of Love (1967). Brazilian-argentinian co-production.
1968 O Homem Que Comprou o Mundo The Man Who Bought the World Portuguese
1971 Faustão Portuguese
1976 Seis Dias de Ouricuri   Portuguese Short documentary on the life conditions of the Ouricuri city in Brazil.
1978 Theodorico: Imperador do Sertão   Theodorico: Emperor of the Interior Portuguese
1979 Exu: Uma Tragédia Sertaneja   Exu: A Tragedy in the Back Country Portuguese
1984 Cabra Marcado para Morrer   Twenty Years Later Portuguese
1987 Santa Marta: Duas Semanas no Morro   Santa Marta: Two Weeks in the Slums Portuguese Documentary on the daily life in the Dona Marta favela.
1989 Volta Redonda: Memorial da Greve   Portuguese Short documentary.
1991 O Fio da Memória   Portuguese
1993 Boca de Lixo   Scavengers Portuguese Documentary on the waste pickers' daily life in the Itaoca neighborhood in the São Gonçalo city.
1994 Os Romeiros do Padre Cícero   Portuguese Short documentary.
1995 Seis Histórias   Portuguese Short documentary.
1996 Mulheres no Front   Portuguese Short documentary.
1999 Santo Forte   The Mighty Spirit Portuguese Short documentary on the March of the One Hundred Thousand.
2000 Babilônia 2000   Portuguese Documentary on the 1999-2000 New Year's Eve celebrations on the favelas located in the Morro da Babilônia.
2000 Porrada   Portuguese Short documentary.
2002 Edifício Master   Master: A Building in Copacabana Portuguese Documentary on the residents of the Edifício Master apartment building in Rio de Janeiro.
2004 Peões   Metalworkers Portuguese Documentary on the workers who took part on the 1978-1980 workers' strike in the ABC Region.
2005 O Fim e o Princípio   The End and the Beginning Portuguese
2007 Jogo de Cena   Playing Portuguese
2009 Moscou   Moscow Portuguese
2010 Um Dia na Vida   A Day in the Life Portuguese
2011 As Canções   Songs Portuguese
2014 Sobreviventes de Galileia   Portuguese Half-length documentary.
2014 A Família de Elizabeth Teixeira   Elizabeth Teixeira's Family Portuguese Sequel to Cabra Marcado para Morrer.
2015 Últimas Conversas   Last Conversations Portuguese


  1. ^ " Awards for The ABC of Love". Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  2. ^ " Cineasta Eduardo Coutinho é assassinado no Rio; filho é suspeito". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ "Brazil film director Eduardo Coutinho stabbed to death". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  4. ^ "Brazilian Filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  5. ^ "FILM: '20 YEARS LATER'". The New York Times. May 12, 1985. Retrieved February 4, 2014.

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