Brazilian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1.
A Morte Comanda o Cangaço (1960)
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A man's farm is attacked and his mother gets killed. Looking for revenge, he goes about chasing the men who killed her. (100 mins.)
 
2.
The Given Word (1962)
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A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end? (98 mins.)
Director: Anselmo Duarte
 
3.
Black God, White Devil (1964)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
4.
São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima (1965)
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A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo. (107 mins.)
 
5.
Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)
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The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system. (92 mins.)
 
6.
The Amorous Ones (1968)
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A young man in his early 30's ponders the state of his life while dealing with three women - his sister, his new girlfriend and his lover. (100 mins.)
 
7.
Antonio das Mortes (1969)
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Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol)... (100 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
8.
Mortal Sin (1970)
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(70 mins.)
 
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10.
How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971)
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In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the Frenches and their enemies are the Tupiniquins... (84 mins.)
 
11.
John, the Knife and the River (1972)
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An older man consumed by jealousy over his much younger wife decides to venture into the jungle in search of riches without her. When he returns 4 years later, he finds that his mistrust in her may have been well-founded. (96 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
 
12.
A Noite do Espantalho (1974)
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In the miserable Northeastern Brazil, a ruthless land Baron wants to throw a poor farming couple out of their property. (92 mins.)
Director: Sérgio Ricardo
 
13.
O Amuleto de Ogum (1974)
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To entertain some thieves, a blind guitar player tells them the story of a man from the Northeast of Brazil... (112 mins.)
 
14.
Xica da Silva (1976)
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The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributs" in order to get power. (107 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
15.
Tenda dos Milagres (1977)
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(132 mins.)
 
16.
The Lyre of Delight (1978)
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During the Carnival, in Niterói (city next to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the son of a Lira do Delírio (Lyre of Delirium) nightclub dancer is kidnapped... (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Lima Jr.
 
17.
Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
18.
Memórias do Cárcere (1984)
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Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government. (185 mins.)
 
19.
Hour of the Star (1986)
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Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist... (96 mins.)
Director: Suzana Amaral
 
20.
Um Trem para as Estrelas (1987)
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The young Vinicius is a young saxophone player, from Rio's poor suburbs, facing an uncertain but perhaps promising future... (103 mins.)
 
21.
Romance da Empregada (1987)
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Fausta is a survivor who dreams of building a house on land she's buying on the installment plan. Meanwhile... (90 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
22.
Better Days Ahead (1990)
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Earning her living by dubbing American TV Series, a woman dreams of becoming an international Hollywood star. (92 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
23.
O Quatrilho (1995)
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Two couples of Italian immigrants are part of a game that leads to treason and brings serious consequences to those who lose. (92 mins.)
Director: Fábio Barreto
 
24.
Tieta of Agreste (1996)
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Just when her family starts believing that she is dead, and that they can expect a rich heritage, Tieta... (115 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
25.
Four Days in September (1997)
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
26.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
27.
Orfeu (1999)
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In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival. (110 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
28.
Me You Them (2000)
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A true story that comically depicts the relationship between an ordinary woman and her three husbands, who live in the same house in a poor and arid small village of the Brazilian northeast. (104 mins.)
 
29.
Behind the Sun (2001)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
30.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
31.
Carandiru (2003)
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Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo... (145 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
32.
Olga (2004)
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Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes... (141 mins.)
Director: Jayme Monjardim
 
34.
Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)
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A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin. (99 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
 
35.
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
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A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil. (110 mins.)
Director: Cao Hamburger
 
36.
Last Stop 174 (2008)
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A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
37.
Time of Fear (2009)
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The widow piano teacher Lúcia and her unemployed teenage son Rafa move to a poor neighborhood in the... (119 mins.)
Director: Sergio Rezende
 
38.
Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)
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The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history. (130 mins.)