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The ELIS & TOM documentary, It Had to Be With You, premieres tomorrow on digital platforms

The ELIS & TOM documentary, It Had to Be With You, premieres tomorrow on digital platforms

The ELIS & TOM documentary, It Had to Be With You, premieres tomorrow on digital platforms

The film, which revisits the recordings of the iconic 1974 album, is distributed by O2 Play

Watch the trailer here

Documentary Ellis and Tom, I just had to be with you, Which goes behind the scenes of the classic Brazilian album recorded in Los Angeles, US, will premiere tomorrow, November 15, on the country’s major digital rental platforms (more details below). The film is directed by Roberto de Oliveira and Jumtop Azoulay, and distributed by O2 Filmes’ subsidiary O2 Play.

Ellis and Tom, they should have been with you It is an immersive cinematic experience that takes the viewer behind the scenes of one of the most famous albums in Brazilian popular music – one that was so dramatic and tense that the project was almost abandoned.

In the documentary, the audience is taken on a journey through time, participating in moments of struggle but also of pure joy, revealing intimate moments of the creative process and the extraordinary personalities of these artists. The production is also an emotional reunion between the director, artists, and material filmed nearly five decades ago.

Ellis and Tom, they should have been with you It is produced by Rinoceronte Entretenimento and co-produced by Riofilme, an organization affiliated with the Municipal Ministry of Culture. Sponsored by the City of Rio de Janeiro, Secretariat of Municipal Culture, co-sponsored by Río Galeão, and supported by União Brasileira de Compositores – UBC and Universal Music Group. The work relied on public resources managed by the National Cinema Agency – ANCINE, the Regional Development Bank of the Far South – BRDE and the Fund for the Audiovisual Sector – FSA.


Ellis and Tom, they should have been with you Available from November 15 on the following digital platforms: iTunes (Apple), Google Play, Vivo Play and Claro TV+. Digital rental rates should be consulted regarding streaming services.

About Rhino Entertainment

Rinoceronte Entretenimento is a production and talent agency focused on music and audiovisual material with extensive experience in artist representation and content production, as well as overall cultural, entertainment and sports project management. The audio-visual arm of Rinoceronte is managed by partners Renata Leite and Diogo Pires Gonçalves.

Recent audiovisual production highlights include the production of the feature documentary Los Hermanos, This is Just the Beginning of the End of Our Lives, the co-executive production in Brazil of the feature documentary Sergio Mendes in Key of Joy and the production of the Doc series 101 Songs That Touched Brazil. Among the projects in launch and production, the landmark films Elis e Tom, Só Nunca de Ser Com Você and Os Afro-sambas, scheduled for release in 2024, stand out.

About the distributor O2 Play

O2 Play is directed by Igor Kubstas under the supervision of Paolo Morelli, Partner at O2 Filmes. The distributor is part of the O2 Group, which also includes director Fernando Meirelles and producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro as partners. Active since 2013, O2 Play distinguishes itself from other distributors by working, in addition to cinema, TV and international sales, VOD (Video on Demand) – licensing content to more than 30 digital platforms.

More than 80 films have been released in cinemas, including award-winning Brazilian titles such as Sócrates, Chorão – Marginal Alado, Raquel 1:1, O Homem Cordial, Urubus and Elis & Tom, Só Nunca de Ser Com Você, International films, in partnership with Netflix, such as The Irishman, Two Popes, Don’t Look Up, Bard and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio – the latter two nominated for the 2023 Academy Award®.

The feature list also includes partnerships with MUBI: Annette, which opened the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won Best Director; Future Crimes, which premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival; 2022 Academy Award winner for Best International Picture “Drive My Car”; Winner of the Best Actress Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Holy Spider; 2023 Academy Award nominee for Best Actor After the Sun; 2023 Academy Award nominee for Best International Close-Up; Nominated for Best Production Design at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards Medusa Deluxe; The Four Devils, which was part of the official selection of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2023; Nominated for Best Picture at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival Passagens; and Estranha Forma de Vida, an acclaimed 2023 mid-length film directed by Pedro Almodovar.

More information at O2 Play website.

Information: Lima Agency

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