Roberto Farias
Born(1932-03-27)27 March 1932
Died14 May 2018(2018-05-14) (aged 86)
Occupation(s)Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1957-2018

Roberto Farias (27 March 1932 – 14 May 2018) was a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter.[1] He directed 15 films during his career. His 1982 film Pra Frente, Brasil was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2] Farias' brother Reginaldo Faria (the 's' was added to his surname due to an error at the registry) is also a film director and actor.[3][4]


Brother of the actor Reginaldo Faria, had an "s" added to his surname by error of the notary. His mother took him as a baby when he went to the movies. Between one bottle and another, it was his first contact with what was happening on the screen. At the age of 8 he was making a "movie" at his house using shoe boxes. From cinema to photography was an easy jump and he came from Nova Friburgo to study Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro or to do Architecture, but his destiny and preference was always the movies. Throughout his career, Roberto was an assistant, editor, screenwriter, producer and distributor, but he was never an actor.

The beginning was in Atlântida Cinematográfica where he was taken by Watson Macedo to be assistant of direction. The debut was in the drama Maior que o Ódio, directed by Jose Carlos Burle. He made almost ten films as a director or production assistant until he made his debut as a director in 1957 with "Rico Ri à Toa", a starring Zé Trindade in who besides directing, also was the author of the script and the dialogues.

In 1960, with Cidade Ameaçada, he won several awards and became one of the most respected filmmakers in Brazil, a position he would consolidate with Assalto ao Trem Pagador, in 1962.

In the 1960s he founded the R.F.Farias production company, one of the most important in the country. He became a popular director when filming the film trilogy with Roberto Carlos, which began in 1968 with "Roberto Carlos em Ritmo de Aventura" and ended in 1971 with "Roberto Carlos a 300 Quilômetros por Hora".

Roberto was also president of the Sindicato Nacional da Indústria Cinematográfica and the first filmmaker to direct Embrafilme. In TV Globo made, in 1965, Câmara Indiscreta; later directed the miniseries A Máfia no Brasil, As Noivas de Copacabana, Contos de Verão and Maria Moura Memorial; besides the programs "Você Decide", Brava Gente (1996), Sob Nova Direção and Faça a Sua História.

Roberto Farias died in Rio de Janeiro on 14 May 2018, at age 86, during an inpatient treatment for cancer.[5]

Selected filmography





  1. ^ "Cineasta Roberto Farias morre no Rio". Globo. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  3. ^ "REGINALDO FARIA - TRAJETÓRIA". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ Artigo Roberto Farias um artesão engajado - Jornal O Globo (May 14, 2018)
  5. ^ "Cineasta Roberto Farias morre no Rio". G1. 14 May 2018.