Director: Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff
Country: Brazil
Year: 2004
Running Time: 95 min
Language: Portuguese

Besouro is the emotional true story of the legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, who was rumored to fly and leads an uprising of agricultural workers against an exploitative landowner. The action begins when Master Alipio (Macale), who has taught the art of Capoeira to Besouro is brutally murdered on the orders of Col. Venancio, the young plantation owner. The Colonel’s attempt to nip rebellion in the bud has just the opposite effect.

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

About the Director

João Daniel Tikhomiroff

joao daniel tikhomiroffBiography: Filmmaker João Daniel Tikhomiroff is the founder and Mixer’s current Executive Chairman. His presence has been a constant in the international advertising industry. As an advertising film director he won 41 Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, becoming the second most awarded director of the festival. He is the only Latin American director selected among the 32 best in the world in The Commercial Book (D&AD British Yearbook) and has been awarded at the main Brazilian festivals like the Festival do Rio (Grand Prix, Gold and Silver), Anuário de Criação of the Clube de Criação of São Paulo (Gold Silver and Bronze), Prêmio Caboré, among others. João has produced dozens of drama series and documentaries for the main international and national TV networks, receiving various awards and nominations. He directed the feature film Besouro (Disney-Miravista/Globo Filmes) which was selected and awarded in various countries and festivals like Taormina (Italy), Berlin Festival, ReelWorldFilm Festival (Toronto), Sitges (Spain), Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles) and three Awards of Brazilian Cinema (Brazilian Academy of Cinema).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Besouro [Beetle] (2011).

Besouro [Beetle] (2009);
Roberto Carlos Especial – Reflections (2012);
Now, Yes! (2013).