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MIÚCHA - THE VOICE OF BOSSA NOVA

Daniel Zarvos & Liliane Mutti
BR FR 2022    98'
⚬ Arts & Culture ⚬ Music 

Synopsis

MIÚCHA, THE VOICE OF BOSSA NOVA is the feminist perspective on the history of Bossa Nova, told through the 16mm home made movies, diaries, letters and personal musical recordings of Miúcha and João Gilberto. The film covers the 20 years span from 1962-1982, Miúcha’s struggle to become a singer and her turbulent marriage with João Gilberto. The ups and downs of these two artists in the change of times and their moments of success, poverty and insanity are seen through Miúcha’s diaries, letters and watercolors. Miúcha was also the only woman artist who composed, recorded and performed with the golden triad of Bossa Nova, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto. Miúcha is the anti muse who surges and ruptures the male narrative and tells the untold story of Bossa Nova.

Quotes

“smooth and cool” - Michael J. Cinema

“as cool and laidback as bossa nova itself” - Original Cin 

“illuminating and enjoyable” - Movie Jawn

Credits

Directors

Daniel Zarvos & Liliane Mutt

Producers

Mostafiz ShahMohammed, Marta Sànchez, Daniel Zarvo

Executive Producers

Mostafiz ShahMohammed

Associate Producers 

Maria do Mar Guinle, Tânia Leite

Production Company

FILMZ

Writer

Liliane Mutti

Cinematography 

Daniel Zarvos, Luis Bonfá, Pierre-Paul Puljiz

Animation 

Guilherme Hoffmann, Meton Joffily, Julie Reed

Editors

Isabel Castro, Daniela Ramalho

Music

Ruben Jacobina

Sound

Pierre-Yves Gauthier, Rodrigo Sacic

“smooth and cool” - Michael J. Cinema

 

“as cool and laidback as bossa nova itself” - Original Cin 

 

“illuminating and enjoyable” - Movie Jawn

 

“intimate” - Classic Couple Academy

 

“Even those who thought they knew Miucha will learn things from this carefully researched portrait, which charts her highs and lows, in music and life” - The Arts Fuse

 

Festivals

Telluride Film Festival 2022

Toronto IFF 2022

Festival Do Rio 2022

IDFA 2022

FIPADOC 2023

Göteborg FF 2023

Film Details

Runtime 98'
Spoken Languages Portuguese
Production Countries Brazil, France

Biography

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Daniel Zarvos is a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. After studying film at Bard College, he has worked on numerous avant-garde film projects, as well as the feature-length documentaries RAÍZES DO BRAZIL with Nelson Pereira dos Santos and OSCAR NIEMEYER: THE SON OF THE STARS with Henry Raillard. MIÚCHA, THE VOICE OF BOSSA is his first feature as a director.

Born in Salvador, Brazil, Liliane Mutti holds a Masters in Gender Studies from the University Paris 8 and she is the founder of the Ciné Nova Bossa Association in Paris. She produces and directs films with strong political engagement such as ECOCIDE and OUT OF BREATH. Currently Mutti is writing a biography titled Restless/Desatinada, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes story of the Bossa Nova movement through the eyes of Miúcha.

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