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 A literay, musical quest after the biggest chimera of
Latin American music. Freely adapted from the book by Marc Fischer


  DOC & FILMS Presents
A co-production between
Switzerland, Germany & France
Gachot Films
Idéale Audience
Neos Film
Coproduced by
in collaboration with
Supported by
Office fédérale de la culture
Zürcher Filmstiftung
Succès Passage Antenne SRG SSR
Fonds culturel Suissimage
Media Desk Suisse
Founds culturel société Suisse des Auteurs
Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF
FilmFernsehfonds Bayern FFF
Desjardin SAS
Georges Gachot
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Christoph Menardi
Andreas Atzwanger
Directed by Georges Gachot
Written by
Georges Gachot
Paolo Poloni
Cinematographer Stéphane Kuthy 
Sound Balthasar Jucker 
Editing Julie Pelat 
Re-recording mixer Michael Kranz 
Colorist Traudl Nicholson
Composer João Donato
With the participation of
Max Simonischek - Joao Donato - Miucha - Marcos Valle - Roberto Menescal - Anselmo Rocha - Rachel Balassiano - Octavio Terceiro - Garrincha - Cesar Gomes Villela - Geraldo Ribeiro de Miranda - Wander Conceicao

Film length
107 minutes
German, Portugese, French, English
Filmed in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Diamantina
Where are you João Gilberto? is a feature-length documentary adapted from the book Hobalala by the German journalist and writer, Marc Fischer. In his book originally written in German, Marc Fischer tells of his compulsive search for the last great musical legend of our time, the Brazilian musician João Gilberto. The creator of the Bossa Nova and a modern myth of popular music, Gilberto has not appeared in public for decades.
Though Marc Fischer ultimately fails in his efforts to track down and meet João Gilberto, he does succeed in compiling an animated account of Brazil's music and culture, and especially of its most electrifying tradition, the Bossa Nova. Published in hardback by Rogner & Bernhard in 2011 and later in paperback by the prestigious German publisher Suhrkamp, this exceptionally well documented, lively and witty book is filled with delightful anecdotes. It has been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil by Companhia das Letras. A week before his book came out, Marc Fischer committed suicide.
Driven by the same passion that possessed Marc Fischer, our film follows his footsteps as it sets out on its own journey through Brazil to discover João Gilberto. Like Marc Fischer, we ask who is João Gilberto, where is he hiding and why has he disappeared from sight? What is the essence of the Bossa Nova, this musical movement he worked with others to create?
With the advantages of cinema and a local knowledge he did not always have, we shall take up Marc's quest by following the trail of his legacy as we pursue the story, heart and soul of João Gilberto and his Bossa Nova with all the nostalgic longing of saudade.
Over the past twelve years, Georges Gachot has produced and directed three feature-length films on Brazil's greatest artists and musics. On numerous occasions, Gachot has unsuccessfully tried to gain a first-hand account of João Gilberto's life and work. In a way, Marc Fischer's story is his own. This similarity in (temporary) adversity is at once an asset and our inspiration. As in Hobalala, our narrative is shaped by the twists and turns of the very pursuit: the Bossa Nova is our plot and João Gilberto our hitchcockian Mac Guffin. But who can say that we will not encounter João Gilberto?
Portuguese Version of Fischer's book
Kino Flyer _ CH

(Alternative Poster)




Suisse Romande

LE TEMPS (31.10.2018) le réalisteur part dans un documentaire brillant à la rencontre du génie reclus de la Bossa nova
RTS, Journal télévisé 12h45, 29.10.2018

Tagesanzeiger 12.9.2018

NZZ "Der verschundene Meister des Bossa Nova" (5.9.2018)
Der Bund (11.9.2018)
SRF "Vier Fragen an Georges Gachot" (11.9.2018)
Radio DRS 2. "Kontext" (5.09.2018) (7.9.2018)
Passion Cinéma (2.9.2018)
Filmexplorer (25.4.2018)
Film Bulletin (No 5/2018)

Non Solo Cinema (Locarno 2/7/2018)

BR KinoKino (Dok Fest München)


Cinema Estreia Augusto 2018

Adorocinema (4,5*)

Pre-Estreia Rio de Janeiro 14/8/18
com marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Miucha, Roberto Menescal

Menina que via filmes "Vale muito a pena assistir, principalmente como terapia para a syndrome do vira-lata..."

Vertentes do cinema

Video: "Sera mas simples encontrar Charlie que Joao Gilberto". Qualquer Coisa

Estadao de Sao Paulo (24 /8/18)

O'Globo (24 /8/18)

Estadao de Minas (24/8/18)

Jornal do Brasil, Caderno B (22/8/18)

O'Globo (14 /8/ 18)

In-Edit Festival Junho 2018

Veja Sao Paulo (1.6.2018)

O Estadao de Sao Paulo - Capa Caderno 2

O 'Globo (6.6.2018)


Glamurama (18.6.2018)

"A film about a crazy Man, done by a crazy filmaker..."
TV Canal Brasil about the Opening Night at In Edit Filmfestival 6 June 2018, Sao Paulo

Presse et promotion SCHWEIZ / SUISSE

Deutsche Schweiz

Suisse Romande

Romi Koller
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Update. December 18th, 2018