Films: Wagner Moura


  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • UK / Brazil
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
  • UK release: 30 January 2015

In the Brazilian favelas, a trio of teenagers (Tevez, Weinstein and Luis) try to solve a mystery. Curtis' script and Daldry's simplistic and saccharine approach make the film hopeful, which is fine, but also less moving and honest than it could be; it's also excessively long.

Futuro Beach

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • Brazil / Germany
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Karim Aïnouz
  • Written by: Felipe Bragança, Karim Aïnouz
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa

Konrad (Schick) is a German tourist in Brazil, grieving for a dead friend; Donato (Moura) is a coastguard on the beach where the friend died. The two form an attachment. Ambiguous but absorbing and tender tale of a relationship that takes place over years, between Brazil and Germany.

Bald Mountain

  • 2013
  • Brazil
  • Directed by: Heitor Dhalia
  • Written by: Heitor Dhalia, Vera Egito
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Sophie Charlotte, Matheus Nachtergaele

Two best friends get saucer eyes when they learn of Serra Pelada, largest open pit gold mine, not anticipating how their lives will change once they get there.

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

  • 2010
  • Brazil
  • 1h 57min
  • Directed by: José Padilha
  • Written by: José Padilha, Bráulio Mantovani
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, André Mattos, Maria Ribeiro

: Feature - International Fifteen years after the events of the first film, Lt Col Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura), negotiates his way upwards through the elite squad ranks, and into the vast web of corruption that lies behind the law. Taking his characters on an even deeper, more dramatic journey, director Jose…

Elite Squad (Tropa d'Elite)

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • Brazil
  • 1h 54min
  • 18
  • Directed by: José Padilha
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira

This compelling thriller is set in 1997 Rio de Janeiro, months before a visit from Pope John Paul II. The rundown housing schemes are mired in drugs, violence and police corruption. It is time for the city's ultra-violent BOPE, the city's militarily trained elite police squad to step up their game. Powerful, mature…

Behind The Sun

  • 4 stars
  • 2002
  • Brazil
  • 12
  • Directed by: Walter Salles
  • Written by: Ismail Kadare (novel), Karim Ainouz, Sérgio Machado, Walter Salles, João Moreira Salles, Daniela Thomas
  • Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, José Dumont, Rita Assemany, Othon Bastos, Wagner Moura, Vinícius de Oliveira, Ravi Ramos Lacerda, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

In a remote northeastern province in Brazil circa 1910, a deadly feud is being waged between two neighbouring families. Tonho (Santoro) avenges the killing of his elder brother but the cycle of violence resumes. Convincingly acted and impressively shot, Behind The Sun incorporates symbolic elements within the framework of…