Agildo Ribeiro in Tocaia no Asfalto (1962)
Agildo Ribeiro in Tocaia no Asfalto (1962)
Tocaia no Asfalto (1962)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Tocaia no Asfalto

Roberto Pires | Brazil | 1962 | Unclassified (15+)

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.


Wed 18 Oct 2023

Written, directed and edited by Pires, this early work of Brazil’s politically charged Cinema Novo movement entwines themes of crime, love and mysticism. The film stars Agildo Ribeiro – known mostly for his comedic roles across film, television and theatre – in an uncharacteristic turn as a hitman assigned to kill an idealistic yet controversial politician hailing from the state of Bahia. Winner of the Saci Prize in 1963, the biggest award in Brazilian cinema at the time, and later chosen for restoration by the Cinemateca Brasileira.

Format: DCP
Language: Portuguese with English intertitles
Runtime: 101 mins

Event duration

101 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

Membership options

Mini membership
(3 consecutive weeks)

Annual memberships

See full options

Also screening on Wed 18 October

About the program

The 1960s was a time of great upheaval in Brazil, as it was the world over. During this rich cultural period cinema went through a moment of radical flux, as did music and the other visual arts. Shadowed by a decade of repressive dictatorship, censorship decrees, and an exodus of dissidents, many of the films produced experimented with narrative, design, collage and music...

Read the full program notes
Now! Crime, politics and revolution in 1960s Brazilian cinema

Plan your visit

Read our COVIDSafe visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Start planning

About Melbourne Cinémathèque

Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.

Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered, volunteer-run, not-for-profit and membership-driven. 

Learn more | View the 2023 program | See membership options

Melbourne Cinémathèque - Dirk Bogarde in a still from Victim