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Following the CIA-backed military coup of Brazil in 1964 and inspired by the assassination of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara in October 1967, Afro-Brazilian poet turned politician Carlos Marighella (actor/singer Seu Jorge, THE LIFE AQUATIC) takes up arms and organizes young student radicals into the Ação Libertadora Nacional (ALN), a formidable resistance movement brave enough to rise against the merciless dictatorship eroding their civil and human rights.
Censored in Brazil, this directorial debut from actor Wagner Moura (Pablo Escobar, “Narcos”) has reignited Marighella’s divisive legacy and call to activism — at a time when the country has begun a return to the far-right authoritarianism Marighella himself fought against. Co-written with Felipe Braga and produced by CITY OF GOD director Fernando Meirelles.
“Comes across as a thoughtful but super-charged exercise in the docudrama lineage of Pontecorvo’s THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS…. Its thriller intensity, and a compelling lead by singer-actor Seu Jorge, will supply international art-house clout.” —Jonathan Romney, Screendaily “With an impactful, dramatic, and occasionally funny performance by [Seu] Jorge, Marighella is a man — whether seen as a martyr, antihero, or extremist — who warrants this type of cinematic attention on a universal scale.” —Kiko Martinez, Remezcla "Seu Jorge...stars as Marighella in this prescient biopic based on the final five years of the freedom fighter’s life. His command of the screen is arresting, playing on the surface with the smooth, stoic charm of a Bond that hides a tempestuous streak as well as powerful recesses of deep vulnerability. Clocking at 155 minutes, MARIGHELLA never flags." —Rhys Handley, One Room With A View