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As Canções

Country: Brazil
Year: 2011
Duration: 90'
Direction: Eduardo Coutinho

Direction assistant: Ernesto Piccolo
Executive production: João Moreira Salles y Maurício Andrade Ramos
Line producer: Carolina Benevides
Documentation: Laura Liuzzi
Director of fotography and camera: Jacques Cheuiche
Direct sound: Valéria Ferro
Sound editor and mixer: Denilson Campos
Edition: Jordana Berg
Image editing: Marcelo Pedrazzi
Production: VideoFilmes

Facing the camera in close-up against a black backdrop, 18 people sing the songs that marked their lives and tell stories associated with them. They are heartfelt stories of love and breaking-off, reunion, treason, death or happy endings. Songs by Jorge Ben Jor, Roberto Carlos, Chico Buarque or Tom Jobim, even unreleased songs, brought to life in the lips of these people living in Rio. ‘What’s the purpose of music?,’ Coutinho asks Queimado, one of the unforgettable characters in As Canções: ‘There’re smells, but you’re not smelling all the time. But music… you listen to it, you sing, and you’re bound to have memories of it.’ In the words of the director, ‘Music is like a wick that kindles memory, making it more affectionate. This is a film about feeling.’


  • 2011 Festival de Río, Trofeo Redentor al Mejor Largometraje Documental
  • 2011 IDFA, Competencia Oficial
  • 2012 BAFICI / 2012 FICCI, Competencia Oficial.

Spanish premiere

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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