So you’ve binged your way through the Hunger Games-esque 3%, watched City of God more than times than you care to count, and are mourning the fact that Wagner Moura will be sitting out the upcoming season of Narcos. Namely: you’re looking for some titles that showcase the best of what Brazilian film industry has to offer. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Whether you’re into sports documentaries and fighter biopics, empathetic LGBTQ stories from elsewhere in the globe, or even socially-conscious dramas about economic inequality, you’ll find something to add to your Netflix queue.

Check out the full list below.

1

Casa Grande

Country Brazil
Production Year 2014
Synopsis

This coming-of-age film by writer-director Fellipe Barbosa (Laura) tells the story of 17-year-old Jean (newcomer Thales Cavalcanti), whose privileged life in Brazil begins to unravel as he gets ready for college. Financial and personal problems in his family and a new love interest begin to affect his future.

Kiko Martinez

Film Details

Director Fellipe Barbosa
Country Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Fellipe Barbosa Karen Sztajnberg
Producer Iafa Britz Fernanda de Capua Mauro Pizzo
Production Year 2014
Running Time 115 minutes
2

Aquarius

Country France, Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

Clara (a luminous Sonia Braga) is the last resident of the Aquarius, an classic art deco building built in Recife’s upper-class Boa Viagem Avenue. Despite being offered a good deal for her apartment by developers, this spry 65-year old is not ready to part from the place she’s made her home and where she raised her children. The construction company, which is intent on building a New Aquarius, begins implementing increasingly aggressive methods to get the former music critic to sell. But all this drama creates for Clara is a renewed sense of vigor that pushes her to think back to her life lived and to embrace her her present-day vitality.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho
Country France Brazil
Writer Kleber Mendonça Filho
Producer Saïd Ben Saïd Emilie Lesclaux Michel Merkt
Production Year 2016
Running Time 142 minutes
3

Boi neon

Production Year 2015
Synopsis

Neon Bull follows Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), a handsome cowboy who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. But don’t let that simple description fool you. Gabriel Mascaro’s film, a road trip film set in the northeast Brazilian countryside, is an explosion of gender, class, and sexuality, flamboyantly portraying its characters with quiet compassion and culminating with one of the most indelible sex scenes put on screen in recent memory.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Neon Bull
Director Gabriel Mascaro
Country Netherlands Uruguay Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Gabriel Mascaro
Producer Marleen Slot Sandino Saravia Vinay Rachel Ellis
Production Year 2015
Running Time 101 minutes
4

Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho

Country Brazil
Production Year 2014
Synopsis

Brazil’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2015 Academy Awards, this dramatic romance stars Ghilherme Lobo as Leonardo, a blind teenager who wants to study abroad but has one big obstacle, his overprotective mother. When new kid Gabriel shows up at school, drawing the attraction of both he and his best girlfriend, Leonardo’s world is turned upside down. A jubilant portrait of young gay love, this assured debut feature tenderly parses the terrain of growing up different in more ways than one. The film won two major awards at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and has been screened across the world at a number of LGBT film festivals, including L.A. Outfest and the Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto.

Kiko Martinez

Film Details
The Way He Looks
Director Daniel Ribeiro
Country Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Daniel Ribeiro
Producer Daniel Ribeiro Diana Almeida
Production Year 2014
Running Time 96 minutes
5

Cidade de Deus: 10 Anos Depois

Country Brazil
Production Year 2013
Synopsis

When City of God was released in 2002 it became a worldwide sensation. The favela-set drug and crime thriller from Fernando Meirelles (co-directed by Kátia Lund) focused on the Cidade de Deus neighborhood and used mostly non-professional actors to tell its gripping story. The celebrated flick toured the world’s film festivals and eventually earned four Oscar nominations. Ten years later, documentarians Cavi Borges and Luciano Vidiga have caught up with 18 of the original performers in Meirelles’s project to see how their lives have been affected by their involvement in the project. As a look into the way the community was portrayed and impacted by the on-screen grisly violence as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Brazil’s film and television industry, City of God: 10 Years Later is a must-watch for fans of one of Brazil’s most famous twenty-first century features.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
City of God: 10 Years Later
Director Cavi Borges Luciano Vidigal
Country Brazil
Genre Documentary
Writer Cavi Borges André Sampaio Luciano Vidigal
Producer Bernardo Barreto
Production Year 2013
Running Time 70 minutes
6

Ventos de Agosto

Country Brazil
Production Year 2014
Synopsis

Brazil’s tropical coastline provides the stunning backdrop to documentary director Mascaro’s first dramatic film, which unfurls as a series of revealing accounts in the lives of Shirley and her boyfriend Jeison. When the latter finds a human skull while dive-fishing, it sets in motion a meditative sashay through themes of life and death, most poetically summed up by an elderly man: “Those who die here don’t end up in heaven or hell. They end up in the sea.” It is just one moment that captures the relationship between people and their environment, with the inevitability of death returning us to the elements from which we emerge. A mesmerizing and beautiful portrait of our place in the greater order of things.

Nick MacWilliam

Film Details
August Winds
Director Gabriel Mascaro
Country Brazil
Genre Drama
Writer Rachel Ellis Gabriel Mascaro
Producer Rachel Ellis
Production Year 2014
Running Time 77 minutes
7

Mãe Só Há Uma

Director Anna Muylaert
Country Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

At seventeen, garage-band-playing bisexual Pierre is presented with a jarring, life-changing piece of information: he was stolen from the maternity ward as a child by the woman he’s called mother his whole life. His real name is Felipe, and his beloved younger sister is from another family entirely, as well. Now Pierre’s wealthy biological family wants him back and he is forced to adjust to living them as certain aspects of his personality become difficult to ignore


Film Details
Don’t Call Me Son
Director Anna Muylaert
Country Brazil
Writer Anna Muylaert
Producer Anna Muylaert Sara Silveira
Production Year 2016
Running Time 82 minutes
8

Campo de Jogo

Director Eryk Rocha
Country Brazil
Production Year 2015
Synopsis

This one’s for you fútbol fans out there. In Sunday Ball, Eryk Rocha has crafted a documentary about Rio’s “favela league” making its final match feel as urgent, fascinating, and nail-biting as the matches taking place that same summer is fancier stadiums when Brazil hosted the World Cup. With a camera that captures even the smallest plays on the field you’ll feel like you’ve never seen a soccer match quite like this one before, at once a celebration of the country’s fixation on the sport and the joy that it brings those who play it even in dust-filled fields.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Sunday Ball
Director Eryk Rocha
Country Brazil
Genre Sports Documentary
Writer Juan Posada Eryk Rocha
Producer Eryk Rocha
Production Year 2015
Running Time 71 minutes
9

Ó Paí, Ó

Country Brazil
Production Year 2007
Synopsis

It is the last day of the most famous carnival in the world and a group of residents of Pelourinho, the historical center of Salvador, Bahia, living in a run-down tenement house are ready to have fun. They may not have the means, but that won’t stop them from embracing the vibrancy of Brazil’s carnival. Starring Narcos‘ Wagner Moura and a star turn by Lázaro Ramos (who went on to reprise his role of Roque in Globo’s television spinoff), Ó Paí, Ó is a colorful and music-infused celebration of life among fabulous friends.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Ó Pai, Ó - Look at This
Director Monique Gardenberg
Country Brazil
Genre Music Comedy
Writer Monique Gardenberg
Producer Paula Lavigne Sara Silveira
Production Year 2007
Running Time 96 minutes
10

Trabalhar cansa

Country Brazil
Production Year 2011
Synopsis

Described as “The Shining meets a Vittoria de Sica film,” Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’ horror film follows Helena, a young housewife who’s about to fulfill her dream: opening a neighborhood grocery store. But when her husband loses his job and she finds herself becoming the sole breadwinner things start to spiral out of control. Every blemish and building problem she encounters as she opens the store sends her into a slow simmer of a panic, which we slowly realize will end in true horror film fashion.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Hard Labor
Director Marco Dutra Juliana Rojas
Country Brazil
Genre Experimental Horror Drama
Writer Marco Dutra Juliana Rojas
Producer Sara Silveira
Production Year 2011
Running Time 99 minutes
11

Laerte-se

Country Brazil
Production Year 2017
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Synopsis

Netflix’s first original documentary in Portuguese one of Brazil’s most brilliant cartoonists: Laerte Coutinho. After near 60 years as a man, Coutinho introduces herself as a woman. Following her on this journey, Laerte-se posits questions about what it means to be a woman, especially once the question of whether she should have breast implants or not starts to crop up. Sprinkled with the playful cartoons she’s known for and filmed with the piquant humor she brings to the page, this is as much a film about creativity as it is about living one’s truth.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Lygia Barbosa Eliane Brum
Country Brazil
Genre Documentary
Producer Alessandra Côrte
Production Year 2017
Running Time 100 minutes
12

Mais Forte Que o Mundo

Director Afonso Poyart
Country Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

With dizzying camerawork, Alfonso Poyart’s Stronger than the World tells the story of UFC Featherweight champion, José Aldo. This Brazil-set biopic is a heart-pounding sports story that packs a punch as it chronicles how a young boy from Manaus went on to become a mixed-martial artist legend.


Film Details
Stronger Than the World
Director Afonso Poyart
Country Brazil
Genre Sports Biopic
Writer Afonso Poyart Marcelo Rubens Paiva Marcelo Aleixo Machado Daniel Maciel
Producer Sandi Adamiu Marcio Fraccaroli Diane Maia
Production Year 2016
Running Time 107 minutes
13

O Roubo da Taça

Director Caito Ortiz
Country Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

“Some of this actually happened,” the trailer for Jules and Dolores tells us. And it’s true. Back in 1983, the Jules Rimet Trophy (which Brazil had won in perpetuity after winning the World Cup for a third time) was stolen. Caito Ortiz’s retelling of this national tragedy is a farcical, soccer-themed riff on the heist film. It all begins with Peralta. The indebted gambler had hoped to steal the trophy’s replica to get enough money to satisfy the beautiful Dolores, but as he soon finds out, he and his happy-go-lucky buddy Borracha managed to steal the real deal. That’s when things begin to unravel and the laughs begin to pile on.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Jules and Dolores
Director Caito Ortiz
Country Brazil
Genre Crime Comedy
Writer Caito Ortiz Lusa Silvestre
Production Year 2016
Running Time 91 minutes
14

Saneamento Básico, O Filme

Director Jorge Furtado
Country Brazil
Production Year 2007
Synopsis

When they discover their town lacks funding for a sewage system, Brazilian villagers decide to make a short sci-fi monster movie about the problem.


Film Details
Basic Sanitation, the Movie
Director Jorge Furtado
Country Brazil
Genre Comedy
Writer Jorge Furtado
Producer Zu Escobar
Production Year 2007
Running Time 112 minutes
15

Paratodos

Country Brazil
Production Year 2016
Synopsis

This documentary takes an affectionate look at the strength, humor, and heartache of eight Brazilian Paralympic athletes since the 2012 London games.


Film Details
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Director Marcelo Mesquita
Country Brazil
Genre Sports Documentary
Writer Peppe Siffredi
Producer Marcelo Mesquita Mariana Youssef Peppe Siffredi René Sampaio
Production Year 2016
Running Time 107 minutes