Babenco: Tell Me When I Die (Babenco: Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou)

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Viva el Cine
Running Time:75 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Bárbara Paz
Producer:Myra Babenco
Bárbara Paz
Cast:Hector Babenco
Bárbara Paz
Fernanda Montenegro
Willem Dafoe
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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The late Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Héctor Babenco says goodbye on his own terms—through cinema—in this meditative and often moving documentary, which won the Best Documentary on Film award at the Venice Film Festival. Directed by his wife, actress Bárbara Paz, Babenco: Tell Me When I Die chronicles Babenco’s final days as he faces cancer and reflects on movies, his childhood, and his encroaching mortality. Clips from his indelible films—including Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Ironweed—interweave with moments from his daily routine. In between medical treatments, he focuses on his latest (and last) project, an autobiographical portrait of a dying artist starring Willem Dafoe. Tell Me When I Die is both playful and melancholy, with Babenco and Paz essentially collaborating on a film that celebrates their love while also offering a glimpse into how one prepares for the end. Babenco died in 2016 at the age of 70, but this thoughtful, dreamlike reminiscence brings the grand auteur back to life.


Ganadora del premio al Mejor Documental de Cine en Venecia, esta película meditativa y conmovedora narra el final de la vida del cineasta nominado al Oscar® Héctor Babenco (El beso de la mujer araña) mientras se enfrenta a un cáncer y reflexiona sobre su carrera. Dirigido por su esposa, Bárbara Paz, este impresionante retrato devuelve a Babenco a la vida en la pantalla.


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Bárbara Paz is a Brazilian actress, director, and producer. In 2013, in recognition of her distinguished acting career, the Ministry of Culture awarded her the Medalha Cavaleiro (Knight's Medal). She has performed in plays and films, including Hector Babenco's final film My Hindu Friend in which she played opposite Willem Dafoe. She has also ventured into the area of producing and directing. Her feature debut, documentary Babenco: Tell Me When I Die premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 where it won Best Documentary and the Independent Critics Prize.