North American Premiere


| Brazil | 102 MINUTES | Portuguese
Brazil, 1943. Three brothers set out into the feral center of the country seeking adventure. Armed with an insatiable curiosity, they befriend a village of Xingu Indians, and together they build an airstrip to bring modernity to this ancient place. But after a flu epidemic wipes out half the village, the brothers' naïveté turns into a decades-long fight to protect the Xingu from the disastrous side effects of progress.

This triumphant epic film traces the real-life saga of the Villas-Boas brothers as they stand up to corrupt governments and their own inner struggles. With wild, breathtaking visuals and eerie, rich sound design, TFF alum Cao Hamburger conveys a distinct vision of Brazil while finding a universally resonant message in his protagonists' revolutionary vision. Felipe Carmago, João Miguel and Caio Blat (as Orlando, Cláudio, and Leonardo Villas-Boas) craft characters whose unique struggles combine to make a powerful narrative. Xingu tells an inspiring story of human rights and environmental activism that remains as controversial and relevant today as it was 60 years ago.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Cao Hamburger and Cao Hamburger
Cao Hamburger was born in São Paulo. He has directed more than 200 commercials, published children's books, created video installations, and written and directed some of the most popular children's series on Brazilian television. His feature The Year My Parents Went on Vacation screened at TFF in 2006.
Cao Hamburger
Director of Photography
Adriano Goldman, ABC
Primary Cast
João Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat, Maiarim Kaiabi, Awakari Tumã Kaiabi, Adana Kambeba, Tapaié Waurá, Totomai Yawalapiti
Fernando Meirelles, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck
Beto Villares
Associate Producer
Globo Filmes
Gustavo Giani
Production Designer
Cassio Amarante
Elena Soarez, Cao Hamburger, Anna Muylaert

Sales Agent
Sebastien Chesneau
Head of International Sales
29 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière Paris, 75009
Phone: (33) 1 42 46 72 21
Technical Contact
Maurane Cugny
Rezo World Sales
29 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière Paris, 75009
Phone: +33142464630
Print Origin
Jean-Sebastien Panizzon
ZI les Chanoux - 9092, rue Louis Ampere Neuilly sur Marne, 93330
Phone: +33 1 49 44 65 58
Laurent Danielou
29 rue du Faubourg Poissonière Paris, 75009
Phone: (33) 1 4246-4630
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