A Brazilian writer, critic and essayist, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948. A film historian who specialises in Latin America, he is the author of books that include "Le Cinéma Brésilien, Le Cinéma Cubain & Le Cinéma Mexicain", published by the Pompidou Centre following the retrospective that he himself organised. His latest book is the doctoral thesis that he presented at the Sorbonne in the year 2000 on the subject "Cinema in Latin America: The shattered mirror, historiography and comparative studies". A journalist at Radio France Internationale since he settled in France in 1982, he has collaborated with the television channel Cine-Classics since 1998. A regular collaborator with the magazine "Positif", he was in charge of the "Latin-American Film Festival" in Toulouse and since 1996 has organised the retrospectives at the Biarritz Film Festival.