Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the North American theatrical release of the Brazilian epic Xingu by Cao Hamburger. The film, produced by filmmaker Fernando Meirelles and the producing team behind the 2002 Oscar-nominated hit City of God, is based on the true story of the Vilas-Bôas brothers’ journey through Xingu and their time among the indigenous people.
Hamburger’s follow up to his acclaimed 2007 film The Year My Parents Went on Vacation premiered to critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival and participated in numerous film festivals including Tribeca, Chicago, San Sebastian, and Stockholm.
Xingu will be released at Cinema Village in New York City and at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 14, 2014, and is also available on local cable VOD across the country.
During their exploration of central Brazil in 1943, Orlando, Claudio and Leonardo Villas-Bôas encounter the Xingu Indians. Passionately interested by what they discover about the customs and social systems of the cultures they discover, the brothers make a home among them. When half of a village dies of an influenza epidemic, the brothers devote their lives to protecting the Xingu peoples, preserving Xingu culture and to the creation of a Xingu National Park.
By retelling the brothers’ saga, Xingu reveals the struggle to create the Indian park and consequent preservation of an array of different Indian tribes, transforming the Villas-Boas into Brazilian heroes and giving rise to dialogues revolving around chronic problems in Brazil’s history.
Watch the trailer: