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Opening Film

The Violin Teacher

Director : Sérgio Machado 
Year : 2015 Time : 100min
Color : Color Format : DCP
Genre : Drama Country : Brazil


The violinist Laerte has prepared himself for many years to be a part of OSESP, Latin America’s most famous orchestra. His humble family has great expectations for him. At the audition, his burden is too heavy and becoming a victim of a nervous wreck, he fails to play. Without money and with no options, Laerte is forced to teach music in a public school in Heliopolis, the biggest and the most violent slum of São Paulo. While teaching, Laerte starts to regain the pleasure of playing and build a relationship with his students. He develops a very strong connection, especially with Samuel. When all seems to be going well, Laerte finds out about a new audition for OSESP and is torn between rehearsals and his classes. The choice is not easy. Laerte postpones for as long as he can, but decides to leave the school, revolting his students. However, a tragedy in Heliopolis brings students and the teacher together one more time to perform at a farewell concert.


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Sérgio Machado

Sérgio Machado started making films in 1993. In 1995, he started working with Walter Salles. Assistant director of 〈Central do Brasil〉 and 〈Abril Despedaçado〉. In 2001, he directed a documentary about the filmmaker Mario Peixoto, which was awarded in 15 Festivals. He has won over 30 awards with his first feature 〈Cidade Baixa〉. In 2009, he adapted and directed Jorge Amado’s novel [Quincas Berro D’Agua].

Cast & Credit

Director Sérgio Machado
Producer Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Débora Ivanov, Gabriel Lacerda
Cast Lázaro Ramos
Screenwriter Sérgio Machado, Maria Adelaide Amaral, Marcelo Gomes, Marta Nehring
Cinematographer Marcelo Durst, ABC
Music Alexandre Guerra, Felipe de Souza
Editor Márcio Hashimoto