Humberto Mauro a film by André Di Mauro

Cinema is waterfall

Humberto Mauro a film by André Di Mauro a tribute to the pioneer filmmaker of Latin and Brazilian cinema. The film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. Considered by the French writer and historian Georges Sadoul, one of the most important filmmakers of Latin American cinema and silent cinema in the world, Mauro inspired several generations of directors and his films promoted Brazilian culture in all aspects. Brazilian director Glauber Rocha said he was "the founder of Brazilian cinema and the great precursor of the movement known as Cinema Novo". When they asked Humberto Mauro what his definition of cinema would be, he said in his wisdom and simplicity, "cinema is a waterfall."

Best film of 2019 best documentary film to go to the Oscar 2010

The emblematic world première at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

Humberto Mauro is a documentary film about the pioneer filmmaker of Brazilian cinema and marks the debut of his great-nephew André Di Mauro as director of feature films. The film premiered on September 5 at the Venice Film Festival 2018, was part of the official selection of the Venezia Classici show and was nominated for the Best Documentary Film Award. The premiere at the Venice Film Festival had a very special meaning since exactly 80 years ago, in 1938, filmmaker Humberto Mauro was in Venice and participated in the festival with three films in the feature film "The Discovery of Brazil" and the short films " Vitoria Régia "and" Ceu do Brasil ", representing a historic milestone since it was the first time that Brazilian cinema participated in an international film event.


The life of Humberto Mauro shown through his work. His constant struggle to make movies in the face of all the adversities inherent in the pioneering of this task at the beginning of the 20th Century in Brazil. The ability to make his films reveal an important and unique character in the history of Latin American cinema. He worked in the cinema during fifty years and made 11 feature and 243 short and medium length films. We use this abundant audiovisual material and interviews with him as a basis for revealing his story. The turn of the century, he's childhood lived in a community of the interior and in direct contact with nature. The beginning of cinema in Brazil in a small town of Minas Gerais. The trip to Rio de Janeiro and his improvement as a film director. The crises. The foundation of the Institute of Educational Cinema. And finally the national and international recognition. The documentary is, therefore, a broad dynamic and human panel on the life and work of Humberto Mauro.