Jose Henrique Fonseca’s biopic of the 1940’s Brazilian footballer Heleno de Freitas has just screened at the Miami International Film Festival and will open theatrically in summer.
Rodrigo Santoro stars as de Freitas, the Botafogo, Boca Juniors and Vasco striker who scored 15 goals for Brazil in 18 appearances and was the joint top goalscorer in the 1945 Copa America. He died in a sanatorium in 1959.
Felipe Braganca, Fernando Castets, Fonseca wrote and Eduardo Pop and Rodrigo Teixeira or RT Features produced and the latter helped finance the film.
Heleno will open later this month in Brazil. Suzanne Blech of Screen Media negotiated the deal with ICM.