• Toronto Int'l Film Festival

  • Telluride Film Festival

  • Festival do Rio

  • Göteborg Film Festival

  • IDFA Int'l Documentary Film Festival

  • FIPADOC Int'l Documentary Film Festival

Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish with English subtitles

With Miúcha, Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes, João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz

Why you must-see this film. Because, for the first time, the backstage story of the Bossa Nova movement is told from the female perspective, explaining the untold ins and outs of the history of the movement. Because the film includes never-seen-before family home video footage as well as unedited songs. And ultimately, because you will be enchanted by its musicality.

Known as the sister of Chico Buarque, the pupil of Vinicius de Moraes, the second wife of João Gilberto, the musical partner of Antônio Carlos Jobim, and the vocal accompaniment to Stan Getz’s saxophone, Miúcha was overshadowed by the male musicians in her life. But Miúcha’s vibrant spirit couldn’t be held back; she managed to earn unprecedented success, becoming a symbol of female resilience and a musical legend forever.

A tour de force, Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova spans over twenty years. Starting in 1960s Paris and ending in early 1980s Rio de Janeiro, the film explores many social and political changes of this period through the lens of Miúcha’s experiences as a woman and her struggles to find her voice in a man’s world.

With Miúcha’s own narration, readings from her letters and diaries, her expressive watercolor drawings animated for the film, and magnificent music, the documentary offers a front-row seat to the expansion of Bossa Nova and a very intimate tale of one of the most important female figures of the movement, who, until now has stayed in relative obscurity.

The directors may be available for an in-person or virtual Q&A. A suggested speaker fee of $300 to be agreed directly with the filmmaker is recommended in all cases. Contact us at eric@pragda.com to learn more.


“Even those who thought they knew Miúcha will learn things from this carefully researched portrait, which charts her highs and lows, in music and life. ”The Arts Fuse

“As cool and laidback as Bossa Nova itself!”Original Cin

About the Director
Liliane Mutti, Director: Born in Salvador, Brazil, Liliane holds a Masters in Gender Studies from the University Paris 8 and she is the founder of the Ciné Nova Bossa Association in Paris. She produces and directs films with strong political engagement such as Ecocide, Ta Clarice, Elle, Instant-ci, and Out of Breath. Currently Mutti is writing a biography titled Restless/Desatinada, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes story of the Bossa Nova movement through the eyes of Miúcha.

Daniel Zarvos, Co-Director & Producer: Born in Rio de Janeiro, Daniel is a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. After studying film at Bard College, he has worked on numerous avant-garde film projects, as well as the feature-length documentaries Raízes do Brazil with Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Oscar Niemeyer: The Son of the Stars with Henry Raillard. Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova is his first feature as a director.