2018 | 107′ | Original languages: German, Portuguese, French, English

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Producers and Supporters

A co-production between
Gachot Films
Idéale Audience
Neos Film

Georges Gachot
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Christoph Menardi
Andreas Atzwanger

Coproduced by
in collaboration with

Supported by
Office fédérale de la culture
Zürcher Filmstiftung
Succès Passage Antenne SRG SSR
Fonds culturel Suissimage
Media Desk Suisse
Founds culturel société Suisse des Auteurs
Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF
FilmFernsehfonds Bayern FFF
Desjardin SAS


Georges Gachot
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Christoph Menardi
Andreas Atzwanger

Written by
Georges Gachot
Paolo Poloni
Directed by
Georges Gachot

Stéphane Kuthy
Balthasar Jucker
Julie Pelat
Re-recording mixer
Michael Kranz
Traudl Nicholson

Composer João Donato

With the participation of
Max Simonischek – Joao Donato – Miucha – Marcos Valle – Roberto Menescal – Anselmo Rocha – Rachel Balassiano – Octavio Terceiro – Garrincha – Cesar Gomes Villela – Geraldo Ribeiro de Miranda – Wander Conceicao

Awards and nominations

Best Documentary in music and Dance
@ Master of Art Film Festival 2020, Sofia Bulgaria
Best Essay @ Art Fifa 2019, Montreal
Student Jury Prize @ F.A.M.E. 2019 Paris
Jury Preis @ Festival musical écran 2019, Bordeaux

Screenings and festivals

Switzerland, Gachot Films
Brasil Imovision, Sao Paulo
China & Hongkong: Lemon tree media company limited
Germany, Farbfilm verleih GmbH
Japan Mimosa Film
Macedonia, former Yugoslav Republic Of: KT Film & Media
Portugal, Mediafilmes

Visions du Réel 2018 Competition
DOK Fest München 2018, Intl. Competition
Locarno Filmfestival 2018
In-Edit Brasill 2018 Opening Film
Taipei Golden Horse Filmfestival 2018
Solothurner Filmtage 2019
BAFICI Buenos Aires 2019
European Film Festival Palic, Subotica (Serbia) 2019
Mimo Filmfestival Portugal 2019
ZagrebDox 2019
Minneapolis Intl. Filmfestival 2019
Reel music 36, Portland (US)
In_Edit Chile 2019
In-Edit Barcelona 2018
See you sound 2019 – Italy Turin
Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf 2018
Biberach Filmfestival Competition
Two River Side – Polen 2018
Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2018
Sound Track Cologne 2018
Osnabrück Film festival 2018
Festival du Film d’Avenche 2019
Palic Film Festival, Serbia 2019
UK Premier @ ICA
Jecheon Intl. Film Festival ( Korea) 2019
Cinema Tropical, New York, September 2020
Uruguay, Filmmusica Fest, March 2020
Master of Arts Film Festival 2020
Festival Amérique Latine, Biarritz, Film de clôture

Where are you, João Gilberto?

This is a feature-length documentary adapted from the book Hobalala by the German journalist and writer, Marc Fischer.

Where are you, João Gilberto? sets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for decades. Fischer described his journey in a book, Hobalala, but committed suicide one week before it was published. By taking up Marc Fischer’s quest, following his steps one by one, thanks to all the clues he left us, we pursue João Gilberto to understand the history, the very soul and essence of Bossa Nova. But who can tell whether we will meet him or not?