Co-directed by Walter Salles (handling the camera) and Daniela Thomas (handling the actors), Midnight is another in the “2000 Seen By…” series of millennium-themed films co-produced by France’s Haut & Court for ARTE television. As millennium parties get underway in Rio, Joao escapes from jail by murdering his cellmate Pedro and slipping away during the confusion. Meanwhile, speech therapist Maria finds a note indicating that her lover Pedro has moved out. With her telephone broken, she begins wandering the confetti-filled streets in search of a working phone. Joao heads into the hills to get revenge on his betrayer, but eventually Joao and Maria intersect. As the fireworks fall over Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach and the new millennium approaches, bringing hope to everyone, the couple seal their new-found love…a love that is doomed.