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Sky Pirates in Rio

by Étienne CHAMBOLLE


Original title : Les Ballons Pirates de Rio

Director : Étienne CHAMBOLLE

Production : Flight Movie

Duration : 52 Minutes

Year : 2002

Original version : Brazilian

Subtitled version : French

Country : France


In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thousands of people secretly make giant hot air balloons out of paper in their garages. With the magical alchemy of paper, air and fire, these “pirate balloons” decoratively possess the city’s skies. However, it has recently become a criminal offence and those who make montgolfiers are liable to prison. This does not deter the “baloeiros”, balloon makers, and many continue to let their inordinate dreams drift above the world’s most beautiful bay.


  • 2005 Autres Brésils Festival (France)
  • 2004 Imagin'Air Festival - Payerne (Switzerland) : Audience Award
  • 2003 Air Festival - El Yelmo (Spain)
  • 2002 International Free Flight Film Festival - St Hilaire (France) : Audience Award and Best First Film Award
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