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Filmmaker Geraldo Sarno dies at 83 in Rio de Janeiro

The Bahian filmmaker Geraldo Sarno died, aged 83, on Tuesday night (22), in Rio de Janeiro.

The advice of Hospital Copa D’Or, which is located in Copacabana, in the south zone of the capital of Rio de Janeiro, informed the CNN and sympathized with family and friends.

The cause of death was not disclosed.


Geraldo Sarno was born on March 6, 1938 in the city of Poções, in the interior of Bahia.

According to FGV’s Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary History of Brazil (CPDOC), Sarno grew up living with an immigrant community in the middle of the sertão.

“Cinema was already present in his childhood, when he frequented the three movie theaters in his city, watching movies and, mainly, series with friends, including Glauber Rocha, with whom he collected photos and made projections at home”, reports the CPDOC.

In 1964, after a visit to Cuba, where he studied cinema, Sarno began to associate with other names in cinema, such as Maurice Capovilla and Vladimir Herzog.

In the following years, he released his first films, “Viramundo” (1965) and “Auto da Vitória” (1966).

The filmmaker began to delve deeper into the work of popular themes from the culture of the northeastern sertão. The result of this research is portrayed in the films “Os Imaginários” (1965) and “O Engenho” (1970).

“In the 1970s, the reflection based on the films-entry, as these films were known, extended to the black culture of the coast, with Iaô (1976) and to fiction, with Coronel Delmiro Gouveia (1978)”, reported the CPDOC.

In the 1990s, he began teaching cinema courses, directed the documentary series “A Linguagem do Cinema” and worked at Cinemais magazine with other Brazilian directors, such as Walter Salles, Júlio Bressane and Ruy Guerra.

“He is recognized as a director who approaches popular culture, national history and its problems in a reflective and emblematic way”, recalls the CPDOC.

Source: CNN Brasil

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