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Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias was born in Cajubi, São Paulo, in 1922. He worked as a truck driver, among other jobs, until, in the early 1950s, he bought a 16 mm Keystone camera. He began to make home movies, learning all the technical details of the camera operation by himself.

He attended the MASP Film Seminar in 1955. He started to direct institutional documentaries and newsreel and to work as part of the technical team. In 1967, he made the low-budget feature A Margem, which changed the paradigms of brazilian cinema, being considered the landmark of the Cinema Marginal and the Boca do Lixo cinema. They were followed by the equally irreverent and experimental Meu Nome é Tonho and A Herança, starting a partnership with David Cardoso, producer and actor of Caçada Sangrenta and A Freira e a Tortura.

 

Candeias was director of photography and actor in several feature films, in addition to having worked on short and medium-length films. He also registered through photographs the daily life of Boca do Lixo, a place that he defended unrestrictedly. In 1981, he directed Aopção ou As Rosas da Estrada, which earned him the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. He also made two films, this time with public support: Manelão, o Caçador de Orelhas and As Bellas da Billings, almost a farewell to Boca. He then returns with O Vigilante, and goes on to develop other projects, which he doesn't get financial support to. Ozualdo Cadeias dies in 2007.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

The production of Ozualdo Candeias as a photographer was carried out parallel to his cinematographic activity and portrays the people and customs of the city of São Paulo between the years 1960-1990. The collection has a vast photographic record on architecture; the street of Triunfo and its surroundings; graffiti; portraits of personalities of the Brazilian cinema and backstage of several films produced in Boca do Lixo. There are also numerous travel records to Bolivia and Peru, Mato Grosso, Paraná, Brasilia and other regions of the country.

Check out Ozualdo Candeias' films managed by Heco Produções. For detailed information on screenings, please contact us.

AS BELLAS
DA BILLINGS

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

feature film, fiction, 1987

A guitar player and his friend, a peddler of medicinal herbs in a public square, will spend a weekend in a hovel of the player's family on the banks of the Billings dam.

BOCADOLIXOCINEMA OU FESTA NA BOCA

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, documentary, 1976

Documentary about the end of year party of 1976 in Triumpho street.

O CANDINHO

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

medium-length film, fiction, 1976

The film tells the story of Candinho, a young man with a mental disability who is expelled along with his family from the farm where they worked in the countryside. He then departs for the city in search of a promise of redemption in the figure of an image of Christ.

CINEMATECA
BRASILEIRA

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, documentary, 1993

Documentary about the activities of the Brazilian Cinemathèque.

A HERANÇA

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

feature film, fiction, 1971

A farmer's son returns home after the death of his father, finding his mother married to his uncle. The deceased returns from the afterlife and tells his son he was murdered, inducing on him a thirst for revenge.

MANELÃO
O CAÇADOR DE ORELHAS

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

feature film, fiction, 1982

In the Center-South of Brazil, a sick and poor caboclo is hired by wealthy landowners interested in personal revenge. He barely speaks, and his matador's silence has a mark: he rips the victim's ear off and gives it to the one who ordered the death.

A MARGEM

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

feature film, fiction, 1967

Inspired by real events published in popular newspapers, the film shows the day-to-day lives of poor people living on the banks of the Tietê river through the experiences of four characters who, in the midst of misery and struggle for survival, try to find themselves through feelings.

UMA RUA CHAMADA TRIUMPHO 1969/70

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, documentary, 1971

Photographs by Ozualdo Candeias register the Boca do Lixo region of São Paulo and the people from the film milieu that wandered there.

UMA RUA CHAMADA TRIUMPHO 1970/71

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, documentary, 1971

Photographs by Ozualdo Candeias register the Boca do Lixo region of São Paulo and the people from the film milieu that wandered there.

SENHOR
PAUER

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, fiction, 1988

During the strike of the bus system, a bourgeois man takes a ride on a garbage collector's wagon and begins to explore him to the limit.

TAMBAÚ, CIDADE DOS MILAGRES

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, documentary, 1955

Documentary about the last blessing given by Father Donizetti, held in the city of Tambaú.

O VIGILANTE

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

longa-metragem, ficção, 1992

The film tells the arrival of a peasant to the city. Times are difficult and, not finding another job, he becomes a vigilant. Like most of the migrants, he ends up going to live in a favela, where he  faces a series of problems.

A VISITA DO VELHO SENHOR

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

short film, fiction, 1976

Adaptation of the graphic story of Poty Lazzarotto that narrates the visit of a man to a prostitute. During the visit, the man tortures the woman.

ZÉZERO

dir. Ozualdo Candeias

medium-length film, fiction, 1974

A peasant has the vision of a "fairy" that convinces him to go to the city in search of the pleasures of the metropolis. There, he only gets employment in construction jobs and spends his small wage with sports betting lottery.