José Alvarenga Jr.



Wallroth was a German director, screenwriter and songwriter. He studied English and German but in 1948 dropped out and worked a few different jobs. In 1954 he enrolled in the newly founded department of directing in the films school in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He graduated in 1959 and remained working at the school as an assistant for two more years. He made his directing debut with the film Das Rabaukenkabarett in 1961. Afterwards he made the TV film Mord in Gateway (1962), the political action drama Alaskafüchse (1964), and the great commercial success Hauptmann Florian von der Mühle (1969). He had problems with censorship with his comedy Seine Hoheit - Genosse Prinz (1969), and repeated his great commercial success with the Western Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder, 1975). He directed several additional films of less importance and his last film was the comedy Der Doppelgänger in 1985.


Films by this director

So Normal

(Os Normais, Brazil, 2003)

Directed by: José Alvarenga Jr.

Based on a popular Brazilian television series of the same title, the film shows the first encounter of Rui and Vani. They had a wedding in the same church on the same day. Vani was supposed to marry Sérgio at 6 o’clock, and two hours later Rui was about to marry Marta. During preparations, they meet in the vestry and start talking. Then they meet again a few hours later...

digital, color, 90 min

In Therapy

(Divã, 2009.)

Directed by: José Alvarenga Jr.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nonato Estrela

Mercedes is a married woman in her mid-forties and a mother of two. Her decision to start going to therapy out of curiosity will slowly, but definitely, change her life. Although she appears to have all the prerequisites for happiness, she will start questioning her marriage, professional achievements, her beauty and attraction. She divorces her husband and, persuaded by her friend, starts dating again. To prove to herself she is still desirable, she goes out with a younger man. The film has...

color, digital, 93 min
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