Xingu (film)

Xingu is a 2011 Brazilian drama film directed by Cao Hamburger and scripted by him, Elena Soárez and Anna Muylaert. Starring João Miguel, Felipe Camargo and Caio Blat, the film tells the Villas-Bôas brothers trajectory from the moment in which they joined the Roncador-Xingu expedition, part of the Westward March of Getúlio Vargas, in 1943.

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Directed byCao Hamburger
Written byCao Hamburger
Elena Soarez
Anna Muylaert
Produced byFernando Meirelles
Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Bel Berlinck
StarringJoão Miguel
Felipe Camargo
Caio Blat
CinematographyAdriano Goldman
Edited byGustavo Giani
Music byBeto Villares
O2 Filmes
Globo Filmes
Distributed byDowntown Filmes
Release date
  • 3 November 2011 (2011-11-03) (Amazonas Film Festival)[1]
  • 6 April 2012 (2012-04-06) (Brazil)[2]
Running time
102 minutes
BudgetR$14–16 million[3][4]
Box officeR$3,898,283[5]

It was shot in Tocantins, Xingu National Park, and in the Greater São Paulo.[3][6] The film was exhibited for the first time in 2011, at the 8th Amazonas Film Festival. The official premiere took place on April 6, 2012. The film was watched by about 370,000 spectators and has raised more than four million reals in box office.[7] A television adaptation in four episodes was aired on Rede Globo between 25 and December 28, 2012.[8]


The story takes place in the 1940s when the Villas-Bôas brothers—Claudio (João Miguel), Leonardo (Caio Blat) and Orlando (Felipe Camargo)—start an exploratory expedition into the Xingu River.[9] They make contact with the local tribes, learn to live in the rainforest, and persuade a reluctant government to found the Xingu National Park.




  1. ^ Addario, Ana Carolina (4 November 2011). "Fernando Meirelles e elenco participam da première mundial de 'Xingu' em Manaus". Caras (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Veja bastidores do filme "Xingu", que estreia no dia 6 de abril". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Salem, Rodrigo (5 April 2012). "'Xingu', que estreia amanhã, conta saga dos irmãos Villas Bôas". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  4. ^ Silva, Yuno (24 April 2012). "Filme Xingu faz crítica ao conceito de civilidade". Tribuna do Norte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 3. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Reserva do Morro Grande, na Grande SP, serve de cenário para o filme 'Xingu'" (in Portuguese). Portal Brasil Engenharia. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Prefeitura Municipal de Macaé". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  8. ^ "Globo estreia versão estendida de 'Xingu' | Temporadas -". Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  9. ^ Green, Daniel. "Berlin Film Festival 2012: 'Xingu'". CineVue. Retrieved 9 December 2012.

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