World premiere

River of Desire

Local title
Himude jõgi
Original title
O Rio Do Desejo
Sérgio Machado
26th Black Nights Film Festival
Official Selection - Competition, Spotlight: Brazil
love, relationships, revenge

Three brothers end up in a mysterious yet mundane lost city by a river, far from civilization. Due to circumstances of life, they live under the same roof. The joy of living together makes the middle brother Dalberto bring his sensual new wife, Anaira, to also live in the same house. She’s happy to be able to work on her husband’s new river boat. But in order to save the business, Dalberto must take a mysterious passenger up the Amazon to Peru. He will therefore stay away for a while, which will put the brothers’ manhood to the test.

Based on a story by one of the most acclaimed contemporary Brazilian writers Milton Hatoum, “River of Desire” is a classic while at the same time a mesmerising romantic drama composed of engaging performances by the devoted cast and a dazzling and fascinating environment which becomes yet another character, the images of which will just devour you.

The renowned Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Machado (Cannes’ Un Certain Regard “Lower City”, Locarno’s Piazza Grande “The Violin Teacher”) gifts us a captivating story which will make you feel the desire and passion, humid and sweaty, on your own skin.

Javier Garcia Puerto

Sérgio Machado
Sérgio Machado, George Walker Torres, Maria Camargo, Milton Hatoum
Sophie Charlotte, Daniel De Oliveira, Gabriel Leone, Romulo Braga
Pablo Torrecillas, André Novis, Sérgio Machado, Rodrigo Castellar, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane
Adrian Teijido
Marcelo Junqueira, Felipe Duarte Ferpa, Ricardo Farias
A TC Filmes, Gullane
World sales
Cinema Management Group
Estonian, English
Sérgio Machado

Sérgio Machado began working in cinema in 1993 when he directed the award-winning short "Troca de Cabeças". Shortly thereafter he began working with director Walter Salles. With Walter’s leadership, he assistant directed "Central Station" and "O Primeiro Dia" and wrote and assistant directed "Behind the Sun". In 1999, he worked as writer and co-director of the series "Night Shepherds" by Globo Network and was the co-writer of the feature film "Madame Satã" by Karim Aïnouz. His first fiction feature film, "Lower City", was released at the Cannes Film Festival and won 30 awards in Brazil and abroad, among them the Youth Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working with Walter Salles on the feature animation "Noah's Ark", inspired by Vinicius de Moraes' children's poems, set for 2023.

Onde a Terra Acaba (2001, doc), 3 Histórias da Bahia (2001, co-dir), Cidade Baixa (Lower City, 2005), Quincas Berro d'Água (2010), Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos (2015), Aqui Deste Lugar (2015, doc, co-dir), A Luta do Século (2016, doc), O Rio Do Desejo (River of Desire, 2022)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn


Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening140102 / Himude jõgi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsSérgio Machado (Film Director, Producer), Fabiano Gullane (Producer), Rodrigo Castellar (Producer), Daniel De Oliveira (Actor)
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Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening152103 / Himude jõgi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170703 / Himude jõgi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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