In 1925, Gabriela becomes cook, mistress, and then wife of Nacib, a bar owner in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. Nacib becomes tired of Gabriela’s uneducated ways, and annuls the marriage when he finds her in bed with his friend Tonico. The political ways of the town modernize slightly and Gabriela returns as Nacib’s mistress. –IMDb
Bruno Barreto (born March 16, 1955) is a Brazilian film director born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been making feature-length films ever since he was seventeen years old and remains one of Brazil’s most accomplished and popular directors to this day. The type of films he makes vary widely from light comedies like Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) and Bossa Nova (2000) to tense political thrillers like Four Days in September (1997). Four Days in September was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.
Other films Barreto has directed films include Carried Away and View from the Top. Barreto was married to actress Amy Irving from 1996 to 2005, with whom he made Bossa Nova and Carried Away. They had one son (Gabriel) together. He is the ex-stepfather of Max Spielberg Irving’s son by her first husband Steven Spielberg. —Wikipedia