René Sampaio was born in Brasilia, Brazil. His film career began while he was at the Universidade de Brasília. He has directed music videos, commercials and short films such as Antes Do Fim (96), Sinistro (00), Contatos (00), and O Homem (08). Brazilian Western (13) is his feature debut.
Loosely based on legendary Brasília rock band Legiao Urbana’s seminal folk song, ‘Faroeste Caboclo,’ René Sampaio’s lyrical, fable-like feature debut follows a young man from the provinces who decides to try his luck in the capital, where he falls in with a rough crowd—and falls for a senator’s daughter.