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A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Cinematography: Hélène Louvart

Starring: Carol Duarte, Júlia Stockler, Fernanda Montenegro, Gregório Duvivier, Flavio Bauraqui, Cristina Pereira, Maria Manoella, Nikolas Antunes

Year: 2019

Length: 139 min

In the original version (PT)

with English and Czech subtitles

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A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão

When director Karim Aïnouz discovered the book The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão by young writer Martha Batalha from Pernambuco, he knew immediately that he would make a film based on it as the book made him remember his childhood and the reality that prevailed in Brazil in the 1950s. He imagined a film full of sensuality, music, dramatic moments, tears, sweat and mascara, but also burdened with cruelty, violence and sex. A film that is not afraid to be sentimental and beats in the rhythm of the hearts of the two main characters connected by a strong sisterhood. They both have a big dream - Guida is looking for true love and Eurídice wants to become a successful pianist. We are entering a careful historical study of Rio de Janeiro from the 1950s, realised to perfection down to the smallest detail. The camera pulsates with the fate of the sisters after their forced separation. The depiction of the experiences of two women in an openly patriarchal and machismo society is painfully burdening. The captivating story with great music and extraordinary acting performances also amazed the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, where the film won the Un Certain Regard award in 2019. 

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