Films in the border between fiction and documentary

by guisreis | created - 11 Jan 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

I'd like to add Tempo (1991), an ironic mockumentary by Jorge Furtado:

To be added: nice Argentine documentary, Butch Cassidy, from Matías Gueilbert (I rate it 7)

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1. The Super Fight (1970)

70 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

Fictional boxing match between two of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

Director: Murray Woroner | Stars: Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Braddock, Angelo Dundee

Votes: 91

2. Solidões (2013)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Solitudes goes from laugh to drama, from musical to documentary, from romantic comedy to mean satire, keeping loneliness focused in all its aspects at all times, in many stories that are linked to each other.

Director: Oswaldo Montenegro | Stars: Renato Góes, Vanessa Giácomo, Renato Luciano, Oswaldo Montenegro

Votes: 34

3. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,677

4. Manhã Cinzenta (1969)

40 min | Drama, Short

A couple is arrested and tortured after taking part in a political demonstration, being sentenced to death.

Director: Olney São Paulo | Stars: Ibere Cavalcanti, Janet Chermont, Sonélio Costa, Flávio Moreira da Costa

Votes: 49

5. The Vampires of Poverty (1977)

28 min | Comedy, Short

Fictional film that simulates being a documentary about filmmakers who exploit the misery with mercantilist purposes. It is a scathing criticism "porno-misery" and the opportunism of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina | Stars: Luis Alfonso Londoño, Carlos Mayolo, Ramiro Arbeláez, Eduardo Carvajal

Votes: 473

7. Cold Tropics (2009)

24 min | Short

In tropical Recife, in northeastern Brazil, temperatures drop to impossible lows and the inhabitants have to adapt. This 'mockumentary' gradually turns critical, looking at the climate, ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Lia de Itamaracá, Rodrigo Riszla, Andrés Schaffer

Votes: 420

Very nice Brazilian mockumentary!

8. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Votes: 49,392 | Gross: $30.03M

9. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 5,054

10. I Am Cuba (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 7,258 | Gross: $0.16M

11. Look Who's Back (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Oliver Masucci, Thomas M. Köppl, Marc-Marvin Israel, David Gebigke

Votes: 35,861

13. Ex-Shaman (2018)

81 min | Documentary

Ever since their first contact with the Western world in 1969 the Paiter Suruí, an indigenous people living in the Amazon basin, have been exposed to sweeping social changes. Smartphones, ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Bolognesi | Star: Perpera Suruí

Votes: 166

15. 10 Segundos para Vencer (2018)

Drama, Sport

The history of the famous Brazilian bantam and featherweight world champion Eder Jofre, who tries to deal with his personal life and the obligations of a world class athlete, with the mentoring of his trainer and father Kid Jofre.

Director: José Alvarenga Jr. | Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Osmar Prado, Ravel Andrade, Luti Angelelli

Votes: 120

Real fight footage.

16. Goodbye to Language (2014)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A silent, surreal parallel between a couple and a dog.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevallier, Zoé Bruneau

Votes: 4,934

18. Playing (2007)

100 min | Documentary, Drama

Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Marília Pêra, Andrea Beltrão, Fernanda Torres, Aleta Gomes Vieira

Votes: 883

19. Bring It Inside (2013)

84 min | Drama

Telmo writes a play to remind him of his past and of the period he was kept prisoner in the dungeons of the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), revealing secrets he would rather keep forgotten.

Director: Tata Amaral | Stars: Gustavo Brandão, Georgina Castro, Maria Helena Chira, Emílio Di Biasi

Votes: 35

20. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Horror

An analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema though the filming of Count Dracula (1970), a commercial film by Jesús Franco.

Director: Pere Portabella | Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor

Votes: 477

22. The Empty Classroom (2015)

108 min | Documentary, Drama

Under the creative direction of Gael Garcia Bernal, ten award-winning directors tell the story of the high school dropout crisis in Latin America in an anthology of narrative and ... See full summary »

Directors: Flávia Castro, Mariana Chenillo, Pablo Fendrik, Carlos Gaviria, Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Martel, Nicolás Pereda, Eryk Rocha, Pablo Stoll, Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Estefania Piñeres

Votes: 29

23. Porcos Raivosos (2012)

10 min | Short

After they find out that their husbands have mysteriously transformed into raging pigs the women of the village decide to take action.

Directors: Isabel Penoni, Leonardo Sette

Votes: 14

More about the film:

24. Man of Aran (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane, Pat Mullin

Votes: 1,786

25. Olympia 2016 (2016)

115 min | Documentary

A fictional and documental depiction of the city of Olympia, a place on the verge of hosting the Olympic Games. On the surface, the games bring a layer of beauty to the city. In reality, ... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo Mac Niven | Stars: Patricia Abelson, Gessica Justino, Marianna Mac Niven, Cláudio Mendes

Votes: 6

27. Documentário (1966)

11 min | Short

Two teens decide to go to the movies. However, since their tastes are very strict, they end up not seeing any film.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla | Stars: Vitor Loturfo, Marcelo Magalhães

Votes: 86

28. The First Time of Brazilian Cinema (2013)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1982, almost five million people took theaters to see Erotic Things, the first Brazilian porn movie. The production is today considered a major episode in the history of Brazilian cinema... See full summary »

Directors: Denise Godinho Costa, Bruno Graziano, Hugo Moura Santos | Stars: André Barcinski, Kid Bengala, Pamela Butt, Rita Cadillac

Votes: 32

30. Las Hurdes (1933)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill

Votes: 4,619

31. The Age of the Earth (1980)

140 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

Four Third-World Christs try to stop the American industrialist John Brahms in Glauber Rocha's experimental film inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's murder.

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Jece Valadão, Antonio Pitanga, Tarcísio Meira

Votes: 391

32. White Wilderness (1958)

Approved | 72 min | Documentary, Family

The wildlife of the arctic is explored in this true-life adventure.

Director: James Algar | Stars: Winston Hibler, Volmer Sørensen

Votes: 330

Disney documentary with very fake scenes on lemmings.

33. En la boca (2016)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the ... See full summary »

Director: Matteo Gariglio

Votes: 20

34. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,313

Narration in a mockumentary-style.

35. Angeli 'The Killer' (2017– )

145 min | Comedy

ANGELI THE KILLER is an animated series loosely inspired in the works and personality of the Brazilian cartoonist, Angeli, creator of the seminal magazine "Chiclete com Banana" and ... See full summary »

Stars: Angeli, Grace Gianoukas, Alessandra Negrini, Milhem Cortaz

36. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 155,116 | Gross: $48.69M

Not really in the border; but there are important documentary parts.

37. White Out, Black In (2014)

90 min | Drama

Shots at a black music party in the outskirts of Brasilia injure two men that get scarred for life. A third man comes from the future to investigate what happened and to prove that it is all the society's fault.

Director: Adirley Queirós | Stars: Marquim do Tropa, Dilmar Durães, Gleide Firmino, Dj Jamaika

Votes: 431

38. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 8,106 | Gross: $7.14M

Some elements of a mockumentary.

39. Kill Hitler! The Luck of the Devil (2015 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 52 min | History

When Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin, he managed to do what many others had tried to do for 20 years. This film explores how the fate of Europe and countless lives may have... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Tonolli | Stars: Johannes Oliver Hamm, Jochen Hägele, Pierre-Marie Rochefort-Schneider

Votes: 106

40. Operation Carwash: A Worldwide Corruption Scandal Made in Brazil (2017)

107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Based on the true story of Operation Carwash, the largest and most successful corruption investigation ever seen in the world, "No One is Above the Law" tells, through the eyes of Detective... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Antunez | Stars: Antonio Calloni, Marcelo Serrado, Ary Fontoura, Flávia Alessandra

Votes: 3,096

This technically well-done right-wing and authoritarian film merges documentary traits (particularly in the beginning) - to show it's biased version as if it were the truth - with the development of the main characters that belong to Car-Wash Operation - in order to make the spectator support them. As a propaganda of the lawfare that destroyed Brazilian democracy and economy, it is much better done than horrible TV series The Mechanism.

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