Pixote

With its bracing blend of harsh realism and aching humanity, Héctor Babenco offers an electrifying look at lost youth fighting to survive on the bottom rung of Brazilian society that helped put the country’s cinema on the international map. Shot with documentary-like immediacy on the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Pixote follows the eponymous preteen runaway (the heartbreaking Fernando Ramos da Silva) as he escapes a nightmarish juvenile detention center, only to descend into a life of increasingly violent crime even as he finds himself part of a makeshift family of fellow outcasts. Balancing its shocking brutality with moments of disarming tenderness, this stunning journey through Brazil’s underworld is an unforgettable cry from the lower depths that has influenced multiple generations of American filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Harmony Korine, and the Safdie brothers.

Film Info

  • Héctor Babenco
  • Brazil
  • 1980
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Portuguese
  • Spine #1047

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Pixote
Cast
Fernando Ramos da Silva
Pixote
Jorge Julião
Lilica
Gilberto Moura
Dito
Edilson Lino
Chico
Zenildo Oliveira Santos
Fumaça
Claudio Bernardo
Garatão
Israel Feres David
Roberto Pie de Plata
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos
Diego
Marília Pêra
Sueli
Jardel Filho
Sapatos Brancos
Ruben De De Falco
Juiz
Elke Maravilha
Débora
Tony Tornado
Cristal
Credits
Director
Héctor Babenco
Written by
Jorge Durán
Written by
Héctor Babenco
Based on the novel “Infância dos mortos” by
José Louzeiro
Producer
Sílvia B. Naves
Cinematography
Rodolfo Sanchez
Editing
Luiz Elias
Art director
Clóvis Bueno
Music
John Neschling
Sound
Hugo Gama
Costumes
Carminha Guarana
Makeup
Nena
Still photographer
Aylton De Magalhães