Release dateNovember 13, 1998 (1998-11-13) (Brazil)
December 3, 1998 (1998-12-03) (Argentina) WriterHector Babenco, Ricardo Piglia Initial releaseNovember 13, 1998 (Brazil) ScreenplayHector Babenco, Ricardo Piglia CastMiguel Angel Sola, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Walter Quiroz, Xuxa Lopes, Norma Aleandro Similar moviesDirected by Hector Babenco, Miguel Angel Sola movies, Movies about Argentina
Foolish Heart (Spanish: Corazón iluminado) is a 1998 Argentine, Brazilian, and French drama film directed by Héctor Babenco. The screenplay was written by Babenco and Ricardo Piglia. The film stars Miguel Ángel Solá, Maria Luísa Mendonça, and others.
The picture is based on the story by Cátulo Castillo.
The film tells of seventeen-year-old Juan (Walter Quiroz). He lives with his parents and spends time with several intellectuals who are interested in photography. The girlfriend of the group's money person is Ana (Maria Luísa Mendonça), and Juan is attracted to her.
Ana spent two years at a mental institution because she was considered "crazy", yet Juan sees Ana often.
Juan is training as a door-to-door salesman, but when a photographer gives him a viewfinder, it changes his life. He's put on the path to his later success as a Hollywood director.
Miguel Ángel Solá as Juan (adult)
Maria Luísa Mendonça as Ana
Walter Quiroz as Juan (young)
Xuxa Lopes as Lilith
Norma Aleandro as Mother
Villanueva Cosse as Father
Oscar Ferrigno Jr. as Martin
The film was first presented at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in May.
Brazil: November 13, 1998
Argentina: December 3, 1998
France: November 17, 1999
Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm; Héctor Babenco; 1998.
Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Actress, Maria Luísa Mendonça; 1999.
Cinema Brazil, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Cinema Brazil Grand Prize; Best Actress, Maria Luísa Mendonça; Best Cinematography, Lauro Escorel; Best Director, Héctor Babenco; 2000.