Director Bruno Baretto visited Houston recently and sat down to discuss his film, which was just nominated for an Oscar:
How accurate is this film in comparison to real events?
"My commitment was to good storytelling, so of course, I had to combine and change some stories and characters for the purpose of storytelling."
"For instance, this is a very violent story told without the violence. I wanted violence to be psychological with each character because it is much more effective and powerful that way."
What do you remember about this era growing up in Brazil?
"In 1969 I was 14 years old, and I had a classmate who sat next to me and all of a sudden stopped showing up. I though he was sick."
"About a month later, I found out he had been killed in a bank robbery. Being a teenager, you lived in fear because someone could have overheard you saying bad things about the government, and the government could hurt you and your family."
What is the purpose of getting this story out 30 years later?
"I think this story is very much about a group of college kids that were very idealistic, but they were also very dogmatic."
"We are living in a time where people don't believe anything anymore. People don't believe in happiness. We need Utopia like a car needs fuel."