Directed by Wagner Moura
158 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Actor Wagner Moura’s (Narcos; Praia do Futuro, SFF 2014) directorial debut is a thrilling biopic of revolutionary Marighella (actor/musician Seu Jorge) who fought Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Following its premiere at the Berlinale, Marighella was roundly criticised in Brazil – including by President Jair Bolsonaro – despite the film not being released there. This absorbing thriller is a celebration of Carlos Marighella, played brilliantly by musician and actor Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, City of God). In 1960s Brazil, ruled by a violent military dictatorship, Marighella leads a small group of guerillas in an armed struggle against the regime. Relentlessly pursued as the government's number one enemy, Marighella cleverly evades capture, all the while continuing to inflict damage and further enraging his pursuers. With exhilarating action sequences, this rousing historical film has powerful resonance in the present, in Brazil and beyond.

Extended Q&A: Wagner Moura on Sunday 9 June, 5.00pm

When Brazilian screen veteran and 'Narcos' star Wagner Moura began work on 'Marighella' more than five years ago, it was a nostalgic period piece about a dark chapter in his country's history. But since the shocking election victory of Brazil's current president Jair Bolsonaro, a pro-Trump ultra-conservative who expresses open admiration for the torture and murder policies of the former military regime, Moura's directorial debut has acquired a timely urgency that few could have foreseen.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
Brazilian drama 'Marighella' is an urgent film in its commitment and cinematic intensity, and it could hardly be more timely. Punchy as all hell…a thoughtful but super-charged exercise in the docudrama lineage of Pontecorvo’s 'The Battle of Algiers'. In an angry age, 'Marighella' should fuel festival debate about the nature and effect of political militancy, while its thriller intensity, and a compelling lead by singer-actor Seu Jorge, will supply international art-house clout.
Jonathan Romney, ScreenDaily

Special Guest

Wagner Moura
Director, Screenwriter, Producer


Sun 9 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Mon 10 June
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations, Latin America, Festival Guests
Unclassified 15+
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Wagner Moura
Bel Berlinck, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Wagner Moura, Fernando Meirelles
Seu Jorge, Bruno Gagliasso, Adriana Esteves
Wagner Moura, Felipe Braga
Adrian Teijido
Lucas Gonzaga
Australian Premiere
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Biography, Latin America, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Elle Driver
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