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Battle (The)

Country: Brazil, Language: Portuguese, 80 mins

Original Title

A Batalha da Rua Maria Antônia
  • Director: Vera Egito
  • Writer: Vera Egito
  • Producer: Diana Almeida, Egisto Betti, Heitor Dhalia, Manoel Rangel, Luciano Salim

CGiii Comment

São Paulo, October 1968. The early years of Brazil’s military dictatorship. In the philosophy building of the public university, the students and professors of the Left Student Movement are organizing. Tensions are palpable as a large number of the Communist Hunting Command gathers outside the private university across the street. As danger looms ever nearer, those who had, up to now, chosen to stay politically neutral are confronted with the implications of their apathy. Friendships and relationships are formed and tested as the personal becomes embroiled in the political, until the simmering threat of violence boils over.

Inspired by true events and filmed in beautiful black-and-white 16mm in a series of 21 elegantly choreographed long takes depicting one intense night, The Battle is a volcanic portrait of the passion of youth in a pivotal moment in Brazilian history.


Cast & Characters

Caio Horowicz (as Benjamin)
Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha (as Leda)
Pâmela Germano (as Lilian)
Isamara Castilho (as Angela)
Juliana Gerais (as Maria Elena)
Philipp Lavra (as Antônio)