Studio 2

Monday, June 3, 2024 | 16:15 – 17:37

Othelo, The Great

Feature Documentary • Brazil • 01h 22m • International Premiere

Sebastião Bernardes de Souza Prata, aka Grande Otelo, was one of Brazil’s greatest actors and comedians. Black, orphaned, and the grandson of slaves, Othelo escaped poverty to forge a career that broke every imaginable barrier for a black actor in the first half of the 20th century, working with filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Werner Herzog, Julio Bressane, Marcel Camus, and Nelson Pereira dos Santos, among many others. As he became acclaimed by the public, he was also stigmatized by countless controversies. And while the media took advantage of his polemics, Othelo used that space to shape his own narrative and discuss the systemic racism that haunted him for eight decades, two dictatorships, and over a hundred films.

Director’s Profile

Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos

Lucas H. Rossi is a black director based in Rio de Janeiro. Together, his short films “Vestido de Myriam” (2017), “Ser Feliz no Vão” (2020) and “Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento” (2020) add up to almost 300 official selections around the world. He produced series and features such as “Eu Sou Maria”, “Malês”, “Canastra Suja”, “Candelária”, “Vizinhos”, “A Morte Habita à Noite” (Rotterdam Festival 2020), among others, in addition to award-winning shorts such as “At the end of the conversation, they say goodbye with a hug”, “Repulsa”, “Auto-falo” and “Último Domingo”.