By João Paulo CUENCA


First film - Completed 2015

One day, the writer J.P.Cuenca intends to make a statement at the Rio de Janeiro Police department, but he is not allowed to... Because he’s officially dead. Some time ago, a mysterious man had stolen his identity and died in an abandoned building in Rio. We'll solve the enigma

& Awards

Ventana Sur 2015
Video Library
CPH DOX 2015
Rio de Janeiro IFF 2015
Novos Rumos
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary, Crime
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • João Paulo CUENCA
    • Writer(s)
    • João Paulo CUENCA
    • Producer(s)
    • Marina MELIANDE (Duas Mariola)
    • Synopsis
    • Based on a true story, the experimental docudrama THE DEATH OF JP CUENCA tells a mysterious story involving the writer João Paulo Cuenca and an anonymous doppelgänger who, considered dead in 2008, had been using the name and identity of the writer before being found lifeless in a small apartment of an occupied building downtown Rio de Janeiro. Directed by Cuenca himself in collaboration with Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, the film accompanies the writer investigating the fact, which has been recently discovered, and the “imagined life” of his “double self.” If in fiction and in the crime news pages it is a cliché
      for living people to steal the identity of dead ones to start a new life, what we have here is the opposite case: someone who steals the identity of a living person and dies. In a time in which Rio de Janeiro is undergoing a lot of changes – on the one hand, neighborhoods and favelas are being revitalized and, on the other, dozens of thousands of residents are being removed from their homes – this is not only the story of a writer who sees himself gulped by the underworld of his city, but also the story of a couple who lives in the invaded building located on Relação Street, in the carioca neighborhood of Lapa, and is struck by tragedy. Finally, it is the story of a police and literary investigation ‐ the search for answers in a city that is well‐known for not offering them.
    • Partners & financing
    • Riofilme and Canal Brasil
    • Production schedule
    • Final Shootings - May 2014