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Theo is a successful doctor in the wealthy suburbs of São Paulo. Having always placed his job before his family, he is a failure as both a father and husband. But when his 15-year-old son disappears, selling all of his belongings and leaving town on a newly acquired black stallion, Theo goes to great lengths not only to find his son, but to rediscover himself. Rambling through the São Paulo nightscape, from shiny new suburbs to shantytown slums, first-time director Luciano Moura makes every peregrination and random encounter a fresh adventure in this quirky crowd pleaser produced by City of God director Fernando Meirelles and headlined by Brazilian screen superstar Wagner Moura.
“Crowd-pleasing…terrific lead performance from Wagner Moura …production design and cinematography are topnotch.” – Andrew Barker, VARIETY
“With a heartrending, multifaceted performance from Wagner Moura as Theo, Father’s Chair takes us on a road trip into the depths of humanity.” – SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
“This film wears its heart on its sleeve.” – Alan Bacchus, DAILY FILM DOSE
“Moura’s unorthodox celebration of family values is full of delightful wrong turns, subtle performances and gently uplifting observations on random human kindness.” – Stephen Dalton, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Luciano Moura is a still photographer as well as a director. Father’s Chair (A Busca) is his feature debut. Moura’s 1992 short film, The Residents Of Humboldt Street (Os Moradores Da Rua Humboldt), garnered numerous honors, including awards for best short film at Havana, Carthage, Brasilia, and RioCine; and the Jury Prize at Uppsala. Humboldt received further recognition at festivals in New York, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Guarnicê, Brazil. Moura codirected Two Billion Hearts (Todos Os Corações Do Mundo), the official FIFA film of the 1994 World Cup.
Framed by a father’s search for his son, My Father’s Chair reveals the diversity of Brazil’s population outside of the big cities and picture-perfect beaches promoted to tourists. Mirroring his external quest, Teo comes to a deeper understanding of his relationship with his son. Luciano Moura is one of the most promising filmmakers of the new wave of recent Brazilian filmmaking.
Sundance Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
- Audience Prize for Best Fiction
Heartland Film Festival
Mumbai Film Festival
Naples International Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival