Looking for movies shot in Brazil? We selected a very nice list of films that used Brazilian landscapes as a background

Inspiring and beautiful by nature, our country has played host to hundreds of film productions of all genres. Iconic landscapes and cities from north to south of Brazil served as scenarios for blockbusters and inspired people from all over the world to discover some national destinations. 

In this article, we separate 22 movies shot in Brazil for you to travel without leaving home.

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Rio, I love you

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The title is part of the Cities of Love film series. “Rio, Eu Te Amo” brings together ten short films by ten Brazilian and international directors. Each of the stories reveals a neighborhood and a striking feature of the wonderful city.

Xingu

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The story of the Villas-Bôas brothers on their journey of clearing the indigenous lands of Brazil is portrayed in the film Xingu, by director Cao Hamburguer. Discover the beauties of the Xingu National Park in this film 

Tattoo

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Tattoo is a 2013 Brazilian film, directed by Hilton Lacerda, the film tells the love story of two young men in the midst of a dictatorship. The film has scenes shot in Recife, Olinda and Cabo de Santo Agostinho, in Pernambuco.

Sand captains

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Recorded in the capital of Bahia, the film portrays the life of abandoned children who live on the streets of Salvador. Known as “Captains of the Sand”, these children are led by Pedro Bala, and survive through petty crimes.

sand house

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With the wonderful Lençóis Maranhenses National Park as the background, the story follows Áurea (Torres), who, pregnant, moves with her mother and husband to the region of Lençóis Maranhenses after the guy buys land there, with the promise that soon the water will arrive there.

Beyond Space – Marina Abramović and Brazil

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Following the documentary line, the film shows the journey with the visual artist Marina Abramović traveling to Brazil. On her trip, the artist travels through several cities and destinations in search of meeting people, places and spiritual experiences.

Artificial paradises

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The film was shot in different parts of Brazil and the world. In Brazil, the scenes were produced between Rio de Janeiro and the northeast of the country. 

Among the northeastern scenarios are the paradisiacal Praia do Paiva, in Pernambuco, and the cliffs of Praia do Gunga, in Maceió. The other stages of the film were produced in famous places in the City of Rio de Janeiro, such as Arpoador and Baixo Gávea.

God's city

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The award-winning film by Fernando Meirelles shows the reality of the City of Rio de Janeiro and its slums, hills and beaches in the background. 

Colleagues

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Passionate about cinema and inspired by a movie, three friends with down syndrome decide to go on an adventure leaving the countryside of São Paulo towards Buenos Aires.

Future beach

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Karim Ainouz films part of the feature that tells in one of his favorite places in the capital of Ceará, the beach that gives the film its title. 

alaska

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Directed by Pedro Novaes, the drama has the face of a documentary and explores Goiás through the eyes of two ex-boyfriends who meet again. Among the film's settings is the city of Alto Paraíso and the fabulous waterfalls of Chapada dos Veadeiros.

God is Brazilian

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From the coast of Alagoas to the interior of Tocantins, passing through Pernambuco, the film directed by Cacé Diegues uses stunning landscapes of Brazil and is based on the short story “The Saint who did not believe in God”, by João Ubaldo Ribeiro.

The Way of the Clouds

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Based on a true story of a truck driver from the Northeast, the film tells the story of a family traveling by bicycle from Paraíba to Rio de Janeiro in search of a decent job and a dignified life.

Perfumed Ball

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Recorded in 1996, the film based on the documentary by the Lebanese Benjamin Abrahão follows the daily life of the bandit “Lampião” and his entire gang. The film shows scenes from the northeastern hinterland and shows us how the documentary filmmaker managed to be accepted by the group.

Oh Father, Oh

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Shot in one of the main tourist attractions in Salvador-BA, Pelourinho, the film portrays the life of the residents of a tenement in the historic center of the city. Directed by Monique Gardenberg, Ó Pai, Ó is a comedy film and has very fun musical scenes.

Brazil Central

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The award-winning Central do Brasil, from 1998, tells the touching story of a boy in search of his father and his teacher Dora, who helps him. With beautiful landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian northeast, this film will move you.

The mission

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A British classic and winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film chronicles how the Jesuit Missions in South America were made, and stars Robert De Niro. The scenes were recorded in Foz do Iguaçu and Iguaçu Falls.

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The 90s horror classic was set in the majestic Amazon Rainforest and shows the trajectory of a group that enters the jungle with the aim of creating a documentary about an indigenous tribe. During the journey, the team discovers the story of a snake that can reach up to 12 meters in length. 

The Emerald Forest

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This is yet another film about the dangers of the Amazon. In director John Boorman's plot, an engineer (Powers Boothe) sees his son kidnapped by Indians, and spends the next ten years of his life trying to find him.

Up – High Adventures

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For those who are passionate about Mount Roraima and dream of one day being there, I recommend that you watch the cartoon. The exciting cartoon produced by Pixar has scenes on the mythical Mount Roraima, on the border of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana.

River

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The 3D animation tells the story of Blu, a blue macaw that was born in the forests that surround Rio de Janeiro, but was captured and ended up in the United States. Full of inspiration from the Marvelous City, Rio is a movie to watch with the whole family.

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