Guel Arraes

12.12.1953, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil


Arraes is a Brazilian producer, director and screenwriter. As a son of the former governor of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, during the military dictatorship, he and his family lived in exile in Algiers and France from 1969 to 1979. He studied math and anthropology. In 1981 he started directing TV series. Nineteen years later, he made his first feature film A Dog's Will (O Auto da Compadecida, 2000). Afterwards he made Caramuru - A Invenção do Brasil (2001), the romantic comedy Lisbela and the Prisoner (Lisbela e o Prisioneiro 2003) and the drama Romance (2008). He is currently working on the comedy O Bem Amado (2010).


Films by this director


(Brazil, 2008)

Directed by: Guel Arraes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Adriano Goldman

Pedro, a theatre director, organizes auditions to find a leading actress for his production of Tristan and Isolde. From among many candidates, he chooses Ana, casting himself as Tristan. During rehearsals, Pedro and Ana fall in love, experiencing their love both on the stage and in real life.

digital, color, 104 min

Lisbela and the Prisoner

(Lisbela e o Prisioneiro, 2003.)

Directed by: Guel Arraes
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ulrich Burtin

Leléu is a small time crook who roams from one town to another and earns money in suspicious ways. After a short affair with Inaura, whose husband is a professional hit man, Leléu barely escapes with his life. He travels to a town where he meets and falls in love with the young Lisbela, who loves films. However, she is already engaged to Douglas...

digital, color, 107 min
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