Héctor Babenco

In Memoriam

Very few can truly depict the disenfranchised as Hector Babenco, an Argentinian- Brazilian filmmaker, has.

Born in Mar de la Plata, Hector decided to become a Brazilian citizen. As a young child he would obsessively watch movies. When he became older, he moved to Europe to pursue a career in Cinema and worked as an extra and as an assistant to several productions.

By the end of the 1960s, Babenco went to Sao Paulo. In 1975, after having worked on several documentaries, he directed his first feature film, The King of Night.

His extraordinary talent to direct actors is most clearly recognized in the The Kiss of the Spider Woman, which gave William Hurt an Oscar, and was nominated for Best Film and Best Director. He became the first Latin-American filmmaker to receive a nomination in this category.

Babenco went back to Brazil thanks to his success - acclaimed by both audiences and critics alike. Carandiru, released in 2003, was nominated for a Palm d’or at Cannes Festival, and won the Premio del Publico at Havana Film Festival.

Hector Babenco’s films make no concessions. They
are brutally honest – even when it means showing violence. His intense and committed career will go down in history as one that set new standards and challenged viewers, as much as his personality did.