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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Diegues
Produced by Renata Almeida Magalhães
Paula Lavigne
Daniel Filho
Written by Carlos Diegues
Paulo Lins
Hermano Vianna
Hamilton Vaz Pereira
João Emanuel Carneiro
Based on Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes
Starring Toni Garrido
Patrícia França
Music by Caetano Veloso
Cinematography Affonso Beato
Edited by Sérgio Mekler
Rio Vermelho Filmes
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • April 21, 1999 (1999-04-21)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$6,8–7 million[1][2]
Box office R$4,455,409[3]

Orfeu is a 1999 Brazilian drama film directed by Carlos Diegues, based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes. It retells the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in the modern context of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Toni Garrido stars as Orfeu, Patrícia França as Eurídice and Murilo Benício as Lucinho.

Mostly shot in scenographic favela in Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro,[4] it included scenes from the 1998 Carnival celebration in which Garrido paraded with the samba school Viradouro.[5]


  • Cast 1
  • Reception 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



It won the 1st Grande Prêmio Cinema Brasil for Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Score.[6] It was also the Brazilian submission to the 2001 Academy Award, but it did not enter the competition.[7]


  1. ^ Eduardo, Cléber (December 1, 2010). "Custos em alta".  
  2. ^ Claudio, Ivan (April 7, 1999). "Próxima estação".  
  3. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados – 1995 a 2012" (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "‘Orfeu’ atrai cerca de 170 mil pessoas em cinco dias". Diário de Cuiabá (in Portuguese). 1999. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Clemente, Isabel (March 8, 2000). "Personalidades "dão o bolo" nas escolas e faltam a desfile no Rio".  
  6. ^ "Depois do 'Oscar', governo muda regras do cinema".  
  7. ^ "Minc escolhe "Orfeu" para o Oscar". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. October 27, 1999. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 

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