Hector Babenco

Biography of Hector Babenco

Héctor Eduardo Babenco (born February 7, 1946 in Buenos Aires but raised in Mar del Plata) is an Argentine-born Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor.

He has worked in several countries including Argentina, Brazil and the United States.

His father was an Argentine gaucho of Ukrainian origin and his mother was a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Babenco lived in Europe from 1964-1968. In 1969, he decided to stay in São Paulo, Brazil permanently. In 1975, he directed his first feature film, King of the Night.

His break-out film was Pixote - A lei do mais fraco (1981) about Brazil's abandoned children. Due to the impressive work of young actor Fernando Ramos da Silva (10 years old at the time), who was discovered in the suburbs of São Paulo, the film was a worldwide success and received numerous international prizes.

In 1994, Babenco fell ill and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to cure a lymphatic cancer.

He has directed some of the most respected American actors in cinema, including: William Hurt, John Lithgow, Raul Julia, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, and others.

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