Musical Globe

Where are you, João Gilberto?

Georges Gachot
Screening time  
28.02. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 1  
Documentary follows steps of the legendary Brazilian musician João Gilberto to understand the history, the very soul and essence of Bossa Nova.

Where are you, João Gilberto? sets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for decades. Fischer described his journey in a book, Hobalala, but committed suicide one week before it was published. By taking up Marc Fischer’s quest, following his steps one by one, thanks to all the clues he left us, we pursue João Gilberto to understand the history, the very soul and essence of Bossa Nova. But who can tell whether we will meet him or not?


Georges Gachot

Georges Gachot was born in 1962 in Neuilly sur Seine, France. He studied piano and musicology and received a degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He started his career working in film production for commercials and as a sound assistant. Subsequently, he was commissioned by the music label Naxos and by various European TV channels to direct films that portray musicians, composers and interpreters. In 1996 he began producing and directing his own films. Gachot received the prestigious Prix Italia in 2002 for his portrait of the Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, Evening Talk. He made a trilogy of films about Brazilian music and directed five feature length documentaries about Cambodia.

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Wo bist du, João Gilberto?

France, Germany, Switzerland
2018, 106'

Directed by:
Georges Gachot

Screenplay by:
Georges Gachot, Paolo Poloni

Stéphane Kuthy

Edited by:
Julie Peleat

Donato João

Georges Gachot, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Christoph Menardi, Andreas Artzwanger

Produced by:
Georges Gachot Films, NEOS Film

Festivals & Awards:

Vision du Réel 2018; DOKfest München 2018; Two Riversides Film and Art Festival 2018; In-Edit Festival de Cine Documental Musical de Barcelona 2018; Golden Horse Film Festival 2018; Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2018; See You Sound Music IFF 2018