Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova


The Main 3 Sat, Oct 15, 2022 5:15 PM
The Main 3 Tue, Oct 18, 2022 5:00 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Cine Latino
Bright New Voices
The Art of Living
Women in Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:98 min
Print Source:The Festival Agency
Women Directors
Director:Daniel Zarvos
Liliane Mutti
Executive Producer:Mostafiz ShahMohammed
Producer:Marta Sánchez
Daniel Zarvos
Screenwriter:Liliane Mutti
Editor:Isabel Castro
Daniela Ramalho
Composer:Ruben Jacobina
Principal Cast:Chico Buarque
Sílvia Buarque


She was born in 1939 to a family that entertained the likes of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, a precocious daughter who was taught to sing by the legendary Vinicius de Moraes, sparking a lifelong love of music in the young Heloïsa Buarque de Hollanda, known to friends and family as Miucha. When her studies took her to Paris in the early-1960s, Miucha quickly fell in love with the Bossa Nova craze that was sweeping the world, a love that garnered her work as a singer and introduced her to her first love, legendary musician Joao Gilberto. But as the pair became partners in life and art, welcoming the arrival of baby Bebel in 1965 and later moving to Mexico City, deep fissures in their marriage began to appear, as might be expected when living with a temperamental and deeply competitive fellow artist. Yet as Miucha poured her unhappiness into her own compositions, relocating to New York and into the warm embrace of a new group of collaborators, she quietly came into her own, establishing herself as a musical legend in her own right. Using Miucha’s own narration as well as vivid diary entries, a wealth of Super 8 footage and gorgeous watercolor animation, directors Daniel Zarvos and Liliane Mutti paint a lively, buoyant portrait of a life lived in movement and growth, and always on its own terms.