Pra Frente, Brasil

Pra Frente, Brasil (English: Go Ahead, Brazil!) is a 1982 Brazilian drama film directed, written and produced by Roberto Farias. It tells the fictional story of a man mistakenly arrested by a group linked to the military dictatorship during the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

Pra Frente, Brasil
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoberto Farias
Produced byRoberto Farias
Written byRoberto Farias
Based on
StarringReginaldo Faria
Antônio Fagundes
Natália do Valle
Elizabeth Savalla
Music byEgberto Gismonti
CinematographyDib Lutfi
Edited byMauro Farias
Roberto Farias
Produções Cinematográficas R.F. Farias Ltda.
Distributed byEmbrafilme
Release date
Running time
105 minutes


The film is set on mid 1970, when the military regime's "economic miracle" and the victory of the Brazil national football team on the FIFA World Cup serves as a distraction for the persecution of opposition leaders by the political police of the dictatorship.

Under this context, Jofre Godoi da Fonseca, an alienated middle class man, is mistaken for Sarmento, a political activist he met at an airport prior to his assassination. He is then arrested and brutally tortured by a paramilitary group of vigilantes sponsored by influential businessmen to hunt down people deemed "subversive" by the regime.

Jofre's wife Marta and his brother Miguel join forces to investigate his disappearance. After they fail to get enough support from law enforcement agents, Mariana, leader of a left-wing resistance group and Miguel's former girlfriend, helps them. Their efforts proved to be useless after Jofre is killed on a failed escape attempt.


Awards and nominationsEdit

33rd Berlin International Film Festival
  • Golden Bear – Roberto Farias (nominated)[2]
  • C.I.C.A.E. Award – Roberto Farias (won)
  • OCIC Award – Roberto Farias (won)
10th Gramado Film Festival
  • Best Film – Roberto Farias (won)
  • Best Editing – Roberto Farias, Maurício Farias (won)
17th Silver Daisy Awards
  • Best Feature Film – Roberto Farias (won)
9th Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva
  • Critic's Choice Award[3]


  1. ^ "Pra Frente Brasil" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved 22 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". Retrieved 17 November 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Histórico del Palmarés Oficial: 1981-1990" (in Spanish). Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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