José Carlos Avellar, the heart and mind of Latin-American film criticism.

Almost exactly a year ago I attended the funeral of José Carlos Avellar in Rio de Janeiro. It is normal that one is sad at a visitation, but in this case we were desolate. Especially Claudia Duarte, his partner for 24 years, but we all felt related to him; we were left without Avellar, I would say like fatherless orphans, as the dictionary doesn’t provide an exact term for this loss.