An exciting and sensual exotic adventure set in an alienating Brasília, the capital city born out of nothing that was still being constructed
In 1959, Marcel Camus achieved an overwhelming and unexpected success (winning the Palme d’Oro at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) with his debut film, Orfeo negro: a reworking of the classic Orpheus myth, set in the Rio de Janiero carnival. It was the film that, amongst its other merits, brought the rhythms of the samba and bossa nova to the attention of international cinema-goers. For his next film, Rio negro, the French director confirms his penchant for exotic locations and his love of Brazilian music, adventure and sensuality. However, this time he chooses an alienating city for the setting, which casts an almost hallucinatory aspect over the film: Brasília, the new capital city born out of nothing, which was still being constructed at the time of shooting. Making Rio Negro an incredibly unique and rare document.
A diamond hunter discovers a jewel of extraordinary value. To take the treasure for himself, his partner attacks him and leaves him for dead. As the old saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold.