Babenco: Tell Me When I Die
Brazil. 2019. 75 min
I have already lived my death and now all that is left is to make a film about it.” So said the filmmaker Hector Babenco to Bárbara Paz when he realized he did not have much time left. She accepted the challenge to fulfill the last wish of her late partner: to be the main protagonist in his own death. Babenco made of cinema his medicine, and the nourishment that kept him alive. “Babenco – Tell me when I Die” is a film about filming so never to die.
Barbara Paz, born in Campo Bom, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, is a director and producer who also has a distinguished acting career in theatre and television. In 2019 her first feature length documentary BABENCO – TELL ME WHEN I DIE won ‘Best Documentary on Cinema’ (Venice Classics) at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The film also won Best Documentary at MIFF 2020 (India) FICVINÃ (Chile) and GZDOC (China). The film was Brazil’s official submission for the 2021 Oscars (93rd Academy Awards).