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The Edge of Democracy (2019)

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Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies.


Petra Costa


Petra Costa (screenplay), Daniela Capelato (additional writing) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilma Rousseff ... Self - Ex-Presidente
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ... Self - Ex-Presidente (as Lula da Silva)
Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva ... Self - Primeira Dama (as Marisa Letícia)
Sergio Moro ... Self - Juiz Federal (as Sérgio Moro)
Nestor Cerveró Nestor Cerveró ... Self - Ex-Executivo da Petrobras (archive footage)
Paulo Roberto Costa Paulo Roberto Costa ... Self - Ex-Diretor da Petrobras (archive footage)
Marcelo Odebrecht Marcelo Odebrecht ... Self - Ex-Presidente do Grupo Odebrecht (archive footage)
Lindbergh Farias Lindbergh Farias ... Self - Senador (PT) (archive footage)
Jovair Arantes Jovair Arantes ... Self - Relator da Comissão do Impeachment (PTB)
José Eduardo Cardozo José Eduardo Cardozo ... Self - Advogado de Dilma / Ex-Ministro da Justiça
Eduardo Cunha ... Self - Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados (PMDB)
Carlos Henrique Gaguim Carlos Henrique Gaguim ... Self - Deputado (PTN)
Paulo Maluf Paulo Maluf ... Self - Deputado (PP)
Roberto Requião Roberto Requião ... Self - Senador (PMDB)
Jean Wyllys Jean Wyllys ... Self - Deputado (PSOL)


A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

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Self - Ex-Presidente: It's no use trying to stop me from travelling around this country, because there are millions of Lulas, Boulos, Manuelas, and Dilma Rousseffs to do it for me. There's no use in trying to stop my ideas. They're already in the air, and you can't imprison them! There's no point in trying to stop my dreams, because when I stop dreaming, I'll be dreaming through your minds and dreams! There's no point in thinking everything's going to stop the day Lula has a heart attack. That's nonsense! Because my...
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20 June 2019 | by fhenrikeSee all my reviews

Haters gonna hate. Some people that are rating with the lowest score (I bet most of them didn't even watched the film) just make the point for the foreign audience of how polarized Brazil it is right now. Petra did a great job by condensed the political situation of the country from the last decade with her personal and also analytical view.

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19 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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