MEU TIO MATOU UM CARA (My uncle killed a guy)

(35 mm, 85 min, color, 2004)

Duca, 15, discovers that the crimes he sees on his computer games can also take place in real life, when his uncle Eder is arrested for an ill explained murder. Duca decides to investigate the case himself, and is joined by his friends Kid and Isa. But Isa seems to be more interested in Kid. And Kid seems more interested in the first female who comes along. And Duca, of course, is actually only interested in Isa.

 Lázaro Ramos
Photo by Alex Sernambi: Lázaro Ramos

 RELEASE | SHOOT (pages in portuguese)

Director: Jorge Furtado

Executive Producers: Nora Goulart, Luciana Tomasi e Paula Lavigne
Written by: Jorge Furtado e Guel Arraes
Cinematographer: Alex Sernambi
Art Director: Fiapo Barth
Music by: Caetano Veloso e André Moraes
Production Coordinator: Marco Baioto
Editor: Giba Assis Brasil
Assistant Director: Ana Luiza Azevedo

A Casa de Cinema PoA
and Natasha Filmes Production

Main Cast
Darlan Cunha (Duca)
Sophia Reis (Isa)
Renan Gioelli (Kid)
Lázaro Ramos (Éder)
Ailton Graça (Laerte)
Dira Paes (Cléa)
Deborah Secco (Soraia)



  • 1º Cineport, Festival de Cinema dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, Cataguases, 2005:
    Best Supporting Actor (Lázaro Ramos).
  • 9º Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Miami, 2005:
    Best Direction, Best Screenplay.
  • 3 ° Festival Tirant-Guarnicê de Valencia (Espanha), 2006:
    Best brazilian movie
  • 3º Festival de Maringá, 2006:
    Best actor (Lázaro Ramos)
  • 2° Festival do Cinema Brasileiro no Reino Unido, 2006:
    Best film (popular juri)

Some reviews

"The title MY UNCLE KILLED A GUY means much more than the starting point of the movie’s crime plot. It is the key to understanding Jorge Furtado’s new movie as a comedy made from the subjective point of view of a teenager. (...) The production combines market values (famous actors in supporting roles, and an outstanding soundtrack by famous names) with talents traditionally connected with the Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre, in a well balanced combination of calculation and authorship. The film is commercial without betraying its spirit and its roots."
(Carlos Alberto Mattos, CRÍTICOS.COM, 30/12/2004)

"It is possible to see the new feature by Furtado as a synthesis between his two previous ones (TWO SUMMERS and THE MAN WHO COPIED), combining the theme from the former (the adventures and discoveries of adolescence) with the structure from the latter (discontinuous  and, to a certain extent, conceptual). And this movie that will really hit a nerve with audiences, particularly with young viewers, because of its entertaining way of approaching a subject that was dear to Freud and which was very skillfully explored by Hitchcock: the analogy between criminal investigation and erotic-emotional adventure.”
(José Geraldo Couto, FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO, 31/12/2204)

"MY UNCLE KILLED A GUY is what you can call commissioned work – but it is authorial. (...) Jorge Furtado is so free that he is not worried about the solution and that is not even the most important thing in the face of the funny (and moving) ending of MY UNCLE KILLED A GUY."
(Luiz Carlos Merten, O ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO, 31/12/2004)

"Jorge Furtado once again is preaching a homily to his colleagues: the secret of a good movie is in the narrative structure. That is why a good screenplay – and that is the best thing about his third feature – is like a Pandora’s Box ready to release the nasty demons of nonconformity to win art’s relentless battle against the dragon of repetitiveness."
(Rodrigo Fonseca, JORNAL DO BRASIL, Rio de Janeiro, 31/12/2004)

"Furtado assumes his romantic – and pop – side, as MY UNCLE KILLED A GUY is full of references – and his skillful direction is evident in his work with his teenage stars. Darlan Cunha – Laranjinha in the series City of Men, in particular, shows his grown up dramatic talent.”
(Roberto Sadovski, revista SET, 31/12/2004)

"Filmmaker Jorge Furtado has already consolidated his authorial voice. Furtado makes movies about young people bent on turning their platonic feelings into romantic action. (…) To tell this love- and detective story, Furtado uses the language of video games, the esthetics of the internet and an eclectic soundtrack (from Caetano Veloso to Rappin’ Hood). The strong points of the movie are the dialogs and the narration that result in a harmonious overlapping of words and images."
(Cléber Eduardo, revista ÉPOCA, 03/01/2005)

" Jorge Furtado’s cinema is founded on filmic elements, as he uses these elements to visually reveal the essence of the dramas experienced by each character. The word is there in order to drive the narrative forward and for reality to be maintained. But the fundamentals are in the images. You only have to think of the crudeness and vulgarity of other teenage comedies to see the evident worth of My Uncle Killed a Guy. In this aspect, this movie points to a possible way."
(Hélio Nascimento, JORNAL DO COMÉRCIO, Porto Alegre, 09/01/2005)