Affonso Uchoa


Voted for

The Grapes of Wrath1940John Ford
La Maman et la Putain1973Jean Eustache
An Autumn Afternoon1962Yasujirō Ozu
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
TERRA EM TRANSE1967Glauber Rocha
Il POSTO1961Ermanno Olmi
The Cool World1963Shirley Clarke
À NOS AMOURS1983Maurice Pialat
Sicilia!1999Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
SAO BERNARDO1972Léon Hirszman


The Grapes of Wrath

1940 USA

In 1995, Springsteen wrote: 'I'm sitting down here in the campfire light / Searching for the ghost of Tom Joad'. More than 80 years after this film's release, we are still in this campfire we used to call 'The world', looking for that one who accomplished something we're missing in our bones: to belong.

La Maman et la Putain

1973 France

The text is fiction, the tears are documentary, the sex is essayistic.

An Autumn Afternoon

1962 Japan

Ozu teaches us how to look into a face that shows us that the times are changing: directly in the eyes.


1958 USA

Love and cinema share the same essential matter: obsession.


1967 Brazil

The division between the poetry and the politics, the intent blocking the action, the action reframing the intent, the empire of the fake promises, the desperate hopes attached to weak men, the hand covering the mouth to prevent it speaking the essential word, the place where the blood washes the water and the water stains the blood: Brazil, Latin America.


1961 Italy

Walt Whitman in the industrial world: 'I contain multitudes', but there aren't enough jobs for all of us.

The Cool World

1963 USA

Life is dangerous when you don't have enough money to be protected, but it doesn't mean that you can't feel your heart beating at the rhythm of a free-jazz.


1983 France

All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way: Pialat pays attention to how beautiful misfortune can be.



Reality is a stone. The viewer is the sculptor. To look and to listen is the way to turn the stone into something like a mirror, something we learned to call 'expression'.


1972 Brazil

It's night-time, and a lonely man has fallen upon a table with his hands; he is full of disgrace and thinking about his employees. He's a capitalist.

Further remarks

More films of my heart:

- Juventude em marcha, Pedro Costa

- Die linkshändige Frau, Peter Handke

- Encore, Paul Vechialli

- The killing of a Chinese Bookie, John Cassavetes

- Pic Nic, Joshua Logan

- Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich

- Alice in den Städten, Wim Wenders

- O som da terra a tremer, Rita Azevedo Gomes

- Cabaret Mineiro, Carlos Prates

- She wore a yellow ribbon, John Ford