For his new film, Eduardo Coutinho, the grand old man of Brazilian documentary films, needs only a camera, a stage, a few protagonists – and his deep voice, with which he asks simple, precise questions from off camera.The men and women appear singly, as at an audition, talk about themselves and sing a song, unaccompanied.And not just any song, but a song that has a deep meaning for them and which has maybe given their lives a new direction.The combination of what they say, Coutinho’s charisma and his sensitive questioning technique form a lyrical, moving kaleidoscope of human destinies.
Eduardo Coutinho (*1933; †2014) is famous farbeyond the borders of Brazil for his solicitous and restrained handling of the subjectsand protagonists of his documentary films and for his puristic style. In 2012, FILMFEST HAMBURGshowed his film Songs. AfterCoutinho's death, Last Conversations wascompleted by João Moreira Salles.
Dea, Gilmar, Esmeralda, Jose Barbosa, Sonia, Nilton, Isabell, Zio, Jose, Lidia, Fatima, Ramon, Maria de Fatima, Maria Aparecida