Release date9 November 2001 WriterGuel Arraes, Jorge Furtado ScreenplayGuel Arraes, Jorge Furtado CastSelton Mello (Diogo Álvares, Caramuru), Camila Pitanga (Paraguaçu), Deborah Secco (Moema), Tonico Pereira (Itaparica), Débora Bloch (Isabelle), Luís Melo (Vasco de Athayde) Similar moviesRelated Guel Arraes movies
Caramuru: A Invenção do Brasil is a Brazilian romantic comedy film released 9 November 2001. It is a loose, comedic adaptation of the epic poem Caramuru, written in 1781 by Brazilian friar Santa Rita Durão.
Diogo Álvares gets stranded on a tropical island when he sails with a boat, and meets a beautiful native of the island, a girl called Paraguaçu and her sister Moema. The two natives become his lover, but Diogo is already engaged to be married in his native Portugal. He's engaged to Isabelle a French noble woman, an agreement made between the Portuguese and the French kings. At the island Diogo meets the two native's father, who after a few misunderstandings make him the tribe's chief. After some time on the island Diogo sees a caravelle far out in the sea. The ship approaches the shore and Diogo finally gets rescued by Portuguese nobility on the way to India. Diogo embarks on the ship, Paraguaçu swims to him. Diogo decides to take Paraguaçu with him to Europe.
In Europe everything is new for Paraguaçu, even the fact that people get married, a concept she did not understand. When Paraguaçu finds out that Diogo is engaged to be married to Isabelle and meets Isabelle, she makes a deal with her. She proposes Isabelle to let her marry Diogo and in exchange she will tell her where there is gold in her native island. Isabelle accepts the proposal and Paraguaçu marries Diogo. Isabelle later finds out that Paraguaçu lied to her, she never intended to show her where there is gold. Isabelle gets arrested by the king because she did not marry Diogo according to the agreement made with the kings and Diogo and Paraguaçu return to the island, which in fact is Terra Brasilis, Brazil. The film has a happy ending, Diogo and Paraguaçu live happily ever after in Brazil.
Selton Mello as Diogo Álvares Correia
Camila Pitanga as Paraguaçu
Deborah Secco as Moema
Tonico Pereira as Itaparica
Débora Bloch as Isabelle
Luís Melo as Dom Vasco de Athayde
Pedro Paulo Rangel as Dom Jayme
Diogo Vilela as Heitor
Based on the 2000 Rede Globo's miniseries A Invenção do Brasil, it was shot in Picinguaba beach in Ubatuba, Brazil, and at the Queluz National Palace, Leiria Castle, and Batalha Monastery, all the three later locations in Portugal. Caramuru: A Invenção do Brasil was the first Brazilian film to use high-definition quality (HDTV). The transposition process from HDTV to film stock cost R$500,000 ($224,962), and the miniseries itself was done with R$2 million ($899,848), for a total budget of R$2.5 million ($1,124,810).