JAPAN, 16'000 cinema admissions
Cinema Tropical, New York, September 2020
Uruguay, Filmmusica Fest, March 2020
Master of Arts Film Festival 2020
Festival Amérique Latine, Biarritz, Film de clôture
Visions du Réel 2018 Competition
DOK Fest München 2018, Intl. Competition
Locarno Filmfestival 2018
In-Edit Brasill 2018 Opening Film
Taipei Golden Horse Filmfestival 2018
Solothurner Filmtage 2019
BAFICI Buenos Aires 2019
European Film Festival Palic, Subotica (Serbia) 2019
Mimo Filmfestival Portugal 2019
ZagrebDox 2019
Minneapolis Intl. Filmfestival 2019
Filmfestival Schaffhausen 2019
Reel music 36, Portland (US)
In_Edit Chile 2019
In-Edit Barcelona 2018
See you sound 2019 - Italy Turin
Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf 2018
Biberach Filmfestival Competition
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Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2018
Sound Track Cologne 2018
Osnabrück Film festival 2018
Festival du Film d'Avenche 2019
Palic Film Festival, Serbia 2019
UK Premier @ ICA
Jecheon Intl. Film Festival ( Korea) 2019
Switzerland, Gachot Films
Brasil Imovision, Sao Paulo
China & Hongkong: Lemon tree media company limited
Germany, Farbfilm verleih GmbH
Japan Mimosa Film
Macedonia, former Yugoslav Republic Of: KT Film & Media
Portugal, Mediafilmes
BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk
Mittwoch 1.9.2021, 23h35

ARTE, September 13th. 2020, 23h

*** AWARDS ***
Best Documentary in music and Dance
@ Master of Art Film Festival 2020, Sofia Bulgaria
Best Essay @ Art Fifa 2019, Montreal
Student Jury Prize @ F.A.M.E. 2019 Paris
Jury Preis @ Festival musical écran 2019, Bordeaux
english, German, French, Portughese, Spanish, Italian.
Switzerland: Praesens Film
International : Gachot Films store
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
Written by
Georges Gachot
Paolo Poloni
Directed by
Georges Gachot
Stéphane Kuthy 
Balthasar Jucker 
Julie Pelat 
Re-recording mixer
Michael Kranz 
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
Original languages:
German, Portugese, French, English
Filmed in
Rio de Janeiro and Diamantina 
Prod. Years: 2018
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?

Das Projekt ist eine filmische Nacherzählung des Buches Hobalala von Marc Fischer, einem deutschen Schriftsteller. In Hobalala erzählt Fischer von seiner obsessiven Suche nach der brasilianischen Musiklegende João Gilberto, dem Begründer der Bossa Nova, der sich seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr in der Öffentlichkeit zeigt. Eine Woche vor dem Erscheinen seines Buches, beging Marc Fischer Selbstmord. Der Film macht sich nun seinerseits auf die Suche nach João Gilberto - auf den Spuren dieses Marc Fischers - und führt sie weiter, in die Essenz der Bossa-Nova und vielleicht bis João Gilberto.


Portuguese Version

German Version


Le film est adapté du livre Hobalala de Marc Fischer, un écrivain allemand. Dans Hobalala Marc Fischer raconte sa recherche obsessionnelle de la dernière grande légende de la musique brésilienne, João Gilberto, le père fondateur de la Bossa Nova. Le livre a été publié en Allemagne en 2011, Marc Fischer s'est suicidé une semaine avant la publication de son livre. En reprenant la quête de Marc Fischer, en suivant ses pas un par un, grâce à tous les indices qu'il nous a laissés, nous poursuivons João Gilberto pour comprendre l'histoire, l'âme et l'essence même de la Bossa Nova.

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Cineuropa 6.2.2019
'Swiss director Georges Gachot talks about his unique documentary'.


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)
Latino.ch (7.9.2018)
Film Bulletin (No 5/2018)
Tagesanzeiger 12.9.2018
BR KinoKino (Dok Fest München)


Corriere Del Ticino (3.1.2019)
La Republica, Suppl. Venerdi (21.12.2018)
Non Solo Cinema (Locarno 2/7/2018)


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
Passion Cinéma (2.9.2018)
Filmexplorer (25.4.2018)

Le Cercle Rouge
Indie Tokyo
Fan's Voice
Talk with Gachot in Tokyo (8.8.2019)



Adorocinema (4,5*)
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
Pre-Estreia Rio de Janeiro 14/8/18, com marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Miucha, Roberto Menescal

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..."
Georges Gachot Com Caetano Veloso,
Rio de Janeiro , Mai 2018
TV Canal Brasil
Opening Night at In Edit Filmfestival 6 June 2018, Sao Paulo

Update. September 3rd, 2021