Theatrical release poster
Directed byJayme Monjardim
Screenplay byRita Buzzar
Based onOlga
by Fernando Morais
Produced byRita Buzzar
CinematographyRicardo Della Rosa
Edited byPedro Amorim
Music byMarcus Viana
Distributed byEuropa Filmes
Release date
  • 20 August 2004 (2004-08-20) (Brazil)
Running time
141 minutes
BudgetR$ 12 million

Olga is a 2004 Brazilian biographical drama film directed by Jayme Monjardim from a screenplay by Rita Buzzar, based on the 1985 biography of the same name by Fernando Morais. It was Brazil's submission to the 77th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]

The film was a produced by Nexus Cinema in conjunction with Globo Filmes and Lumiere. Olga was seen by over three million viewers and won more than 20 awards in Brazil and internationally. It is one of several Brazilian films to treat Jewish themes.[3]


Olga is the feature-film chronicle of the German Jew Olga Benário Prestes' (1908–1942) life and times. A communist activist since her youth, Olga is persecuted by the police and flees to Moscow, where she undergoes military training. She is put in charge of escorting Luís Carlos Prestes to Brazil to lead the Communist Uprising of 1935, falling in love with him along the way.

With the failure of the uprising, Olga is arrested alongside Prestes. Seven-month pregnant Olga is extradited by President Vargas' Government to Nazi Germany, where she gives birth to her daughter Anita Leocádia while incarcerated. Separated from her daughter, Olga is sent away to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she is executed in the gas chamber.



See also


  1. ^ "50 Countries in Competition for Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2004-10-22. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  2. ^ "2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards Nominees". Yahoo! Movies. 2005-01-25. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols Ph.D., Timothy R. Robbins Ph.D. Pop Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean 2015 - 1610697545- Page 145 "In Brazil, Jom Tob Azulay's film, O judeu [The Jew, 1996], tells of 18th-century intellectual Antônio José da Silva, who was burned at the stake by the Inquisition. Other Brazilian filmmakers who deal with Jewish themes include Jayme Monjardim, who directed Olga (2004); João Batista de Andrade, director of Vlado treinta anos depois [Vlado Thirty Years Later, 2005]; and Cao Hamburger, whose O ano O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias [The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, 2006] is a coming-of-age story about Mauro, whose parents are forced to flee the country.