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TIFF 2022: September 8–18

The 476th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8–18, 2021. in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, it has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 300 films and hosting industryites from around the world, Toronto can "make or break" films looking for international distribution and a chance at Oscar gold. From glitzy red carpet premieres to challenging art films to cutting edge new media, the Festival offers something for every taste.

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TIFF Interview with the directors of the musical documentary 'Miúcha: The Voice of Bossa Nova'

Miúcha: The Voice of Bossa Nova

TIFF 2022

With directors: Daniel Zarvos and Liliane Mutti.


Interview by Emmanuel Itier

Miúcha is a true iconic star from Brazil, from the Bossa nova music world and it’s about time that a complex and rich documentary is giving a voice, again, to this legendary accomplished woman. Not only she started at a young age to sing but Miúcha ended up recording an album with the maestros: Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto with whom she married in 1965. “Miúcha: The voice of Bossa nova” is a living poem, a mesmerizing documentary from filmmakers Liliane Mutti and Daniel Zarvos. It’s an invitation to explore another time, another planet that, strangely, seems so close to us and so contemporary for the feminist theme, the transformative example of a woman in re-evolution with herself and the World around. Wake up, stand up, and start dancing with the timeless inspiring songs from the voice of Bossa Nova: Miúcha. Feel alive and kicking!


Q: What inspired you to make this film?


Liliane: I have met Miúcha a long time ago, like 12 or 13 years ago. I was a journalist at that time and I’m the girlfriend of Daniel Zarvos with whom I have made this documentary. Miucha is the little cousin of Daniel. I was part of her social entourage. I was impressed by this woman, by this star, I was so attached to her. I told Daniel there was something so special about her. I was living in Rio at the time. I was surrounded by musicians and a lot of them had a movie made about them. I told Daniel we should make a film about Miucha. Especially because there were no movies made about a woman in the music business. There was something like a feminist impulse to do a documentary about her and her achievements. She is of a grand importance for the music scene, especially with someone like her that seemed invisible in this macho world. Then we went to Paris and that’s where we decided to make this film.



Daniel: I became quite a close friend to Miucha over the years. Especially because in the 70’s and 80’s there was such a “joie de vivre” making films. You eat, you drink, and you make films. Miucha has such a star quality and we decided with her to put together this film. I think it was a great collaboration with Liliane as we had a different view about Miucha.


Liliane: Yes, we got close to Miucha and she started to open herself to all the stories she had lived through. We realized there was such a rich story to tell about her, her private life, and her public life. And it took her almost five years to make this film. It was quite difficult to get all the footage we needed and to transfer all the film Miucha had that were mainly in 16 mm. She lived in so many places. It was quite a puzzle to put together this documentary. I have to say that my focus was mainly about showing this woman in all her splendor and how she managed to become who she was.


Q: Tell me about the various challenges


Liliane: Research of all the archives was such a scavenger’s hunt. It was quite a maddening challenge.


Daniel: Especially because we had to first build a relationship with Miucha to get access to her “private museum” with all the tapes, the films, the photos she had. It took forever to get the footage. Especially because on top of this she passed away during the making of the film. And this was a difficult moment. And we had to figure out about the vision of the movie. And how to tell the story with her doing the narration over the various footage we assembled. We also used a younger voice, her niece, it’s to show the young and the older Miúcha. Without forgetting that finding the right songs to help with the narration was also quite a challenge.


Liliane: It was such a work of passion and of patience. Many times, we almost gave up because it was so difficult. Also, at times, we couldn’t use some of the tapes or the films because there were in such a bad shape. Sometimes it was also difficult to find the right images to illustrate what she was talking about, like when we had to find some Edith Piaf footage because Miúcha was talking about her. It was tough to finish the movie, especially when she became ill, she was very supportive, and we lost her it was a very emotional time.


Q: What is the takeaway with this film, what do you hope people get from watching this film?


Daniel: It’s a bery touching story about a woman born in the 30’s and what she faced to become who she wanted to be. She came from a conservative family even, so they were liberal. It’s a classic story about a woman who had to fight so many barriers to become Miúcha. It was part of this first generation of women who emancipated themselves and who did it their way, and all that time with a great sense of humor.


Liliane: I think there are lots of parallels between the themes of Miúcha’s period, such as when Simone de Beauvoir wrote “The second sex” and now with all the metoo and the feminist issues we face in the 2020’s. The subject of this film, for me, is about these strong women today who are fighting to be who they want to be. It’s the continuation of what Miúcha went through and how today, women still must fight for their rights. I hope women who watch this film can identify to Miúcha and that they can think about the issues of our time.


Q: What does TIFF means to you?


Daniel: I think it’s wonderful we are invited to Toronto. It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait for people to discover our film. It will be my first time in Canada and to watch our film with others.


Liliane: Yes, to see how people react to our film will be fascinating. I can’t wait to be there. I hope people will love our movie. We put some much hard work in it and so much passion.



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