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The film tells the facts of life of the mogul of communications, Assis Chateaubriand (Marco Ricca), one of those responsible for bringing TV to Brazil. The screenplay based on the homonymous work of Fernando Morais. "Chatô" brings a romanticized version of the life of Assis Chateaubriand, founder of the Associated Journals (Diarios Associados), the largest network of radio stations and newspapers in Latin America. The life of Chateaubriand is analyzed from a stroke, which makes dream about old times and facts. The film went into production in 1995 and was interrupted in 1999 by problems with the rendering of accounts with Director of the Brazilian government, on suspicion of misuse of government funds for the cinema and culture. The film was completed in 2015. It was to be one of the greatest films ever produced in Brazil, taking advantage of the phase of resumption of film productions in the country. Written by
The film's release went to a long process that started in 1994, with Guilherme Fontes acquiring the rights of Fernando Morais' book, then production started in 1995, later coming to a halt in 1999. During the long period, the director and his production company were ceaselessly investigated and prosecuted due to his improper use of funds, without delivering a filmed project and misuse of the budget provided by the Ministry for the Culture. Fontes was sentenced to 3 years in prison, later turned into the same amount of time doing community service - he appealed to that sentence. And in several occasions, the director and his company were condemned to return the money used in the film (back in 1995, the sum totaled R$8.000.000; by the time of the most recent trial in 2014, it was corrected to R$66.000.000 plus another R$5.000.000 concerning irregularities with the director's company). Once again, he appealed the decision. After many controversies, the movie was finally released in 2015. See more »
The movie nobody believed that would exist is quite good!
If you want to know more about Brazilian history, this film is not a good choice, as it has no commitment to historical facts, although inspired in real characters and events such as Brazilian "citizen Kane" Assis Chateaubriand and former president Getúlio Vargas. Though, if you like innovative movies which play with the different possibilities to tell a story on the big screen, then "Chatô" is an awesome opportunity! It is a very interesting piece of funny magical realism with some traits of surrealism, reminding me top directors such as Terry Gilliam and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. While the former Monty Python member has a crazier approach and the French moviemaker's approach is sweeter, Guilherme Fontes shows a more aggressive and sensual one. Overacting is a conscious and successful choice of him, composing a fable of a major and polemic character. The story is not linear, as many events may happen only in his mind, inside his dreams or perhaps in an alternative reality. Some of the top Brazilian actors have been casted and it was important to keep the film's high quality in spite of its campiness. The movie could receive an even better grade if it were a bit shorter and kept the same pace throughout it, as it tires a little at some point. Besides its quality, the film also interests because of its troubled production. Brazilian actor Guilherme Fontes kept public funding 20 years before in order to direct his very first movie, but he got broken and people thought the film would never be finished and that he would be put in jail. He still faces court proceedings trying not to pay the money back. In the final credits, Fontes complains of having suffered censorship, what is obviously not the case. Anyway, the movie has finally been released and that is very good news for Brazilian cinema.
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