Hector Babenco

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Hector Babenco became Brazil's leading post-"cinema novo" director in the 1970s and an acclaimed Hollywood director in the 80s. All his films deal with social issues, and are best seen as personal and subjective ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1946 in Buenos Aires, AR

Filmography

Director (9)

Words with Gods 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Independent People 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

El Pasado 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Carandiru 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Foolish Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss of the Spider Woman 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Pixote 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

El Pasado 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carandiru 2004 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Foolish Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pixote 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

El Pasado 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Carandiru 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Foolish Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Besame Mucho 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

Virgilio Pinera (Actor)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Danilo Danuzzi (Actor)
Other (1)

Foolish Heart 1998 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Hector Babenco became Brazil's leading post-"cinema novo" director in the 1970s and an acclaimed Hollywood director in the 80s. All his films deal with social issues, and are best seen as personal and subjective accounts of "marginalized" people--the homeless, prostitutes, political prisoners, homosexuals.

Milestones

1998

First film in seven years, "Corazon Illuminato"

1991

Directed "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"

1987

Helmed "Ironweed", starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep

1985

First English language film, "Kiss of the Spider Woman"; received Oscar nomination as Best Director

1981

Gained international recognition with third feature, "Pixote"

1975

Feature film directing debut, "King of the Night"

1963

Moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil at age 17 (date approximate)

Underwent treatment for a virulent strain of lymphoma; had bone marrow transplant in 1995

Raised in Argentina

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