By Jeferson DE


unknown - Completed 2010

On his birthday, Macu has to choose between his loyalty to his friends and his own life. “Bróder!” is the Brazilian version of “brother” and is a slang created by the Brazilian 70’s black music fans.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2010
    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • unknown
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jeferson DE
    • Writer(s)
    • Jeferson DE, Newton CANNITO
    • Producer(s)
    • Paulo BOCCATO (Glaz), Mayra LUCAS (Glaz), Daniel FILHO (Lereby)
    • Synopsis
    • Macu has lived on the outskirts of São Paulo all his life. During a surprise birthday party organized by his mother Dona Sonia, and held without the knowledge of his stepfather, he reencounters two of his childhood buddies who no longer live in the neighborhood: Jaiminho, today a successful soccer player in Spain, and Pibe, who strives to make a living as an insurance salesman.
      Even though the two friends had moved away, they still have unresolved business to take care of in the neighborhood. Jaiminho had gotten Macu’s stepsister, Elaine, pregnant before leaving and was not handling the situation very well, and Pibe had married Macu's ex-girlfriend, Claudia. What neither the family nor the friends know is that Macu is deeply in debt with local drug dealers and has agreed to let them use his house as a hideout for a child to be kidnapped by the local drug dealers.
      When the plans to kidnap the kid are called off, the gang leaders decide they want Macu to help them kidnap Jaiminho, the millionaire soccer player. Macu has to decide whether to help the criminals and betray his friend or to confront them and risk his own life.
      The film was shot in Capão Redondo, a district where more than 1,100 people were murdered since 2000, being 465 below 24-years old. Capão is situated on the South Side of São Paulo Metropolitan Area, where more than 19,100 people were killed at the same period (being about 7,500 people killed during the conflicts at Palestine from 2000-2009, including Palestinian and Israelis, just for comparison). Capão Redondo is also the home of some of the most talented Brazilian artists today, such as musician Mano Brown, the songs of who are included in the film’s soundtrack, as well as writer Ferrez who has collaborated with the movie’s screenplay.
    • Partners & financing
    • Sony Columbia (co-producers, distribution Brazil and Latin America); Globofilmes (co-producers); Lereby (co-producers)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 01, 2008