The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão
Brazil, Germany | 2019 | 139’ | DCP | Colour | Portuguese | Group: D
Director: Karim Aïnouz

2019/12/08 20:30 Cinematheque‧Passion

Programmer’s Note

Winner of Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes Film Festival 2019 and the Brazilian entry for this year’s International film Oscar, the latest film by great auteur Karim Aïnouz, is an epic melodrama that spans sixty years starting in 1950. Ainouz employs rich texture and colours to intensify the feeling of intimacy in the story of two sisters, Euridice and Guida Gusmão, whose independence of spirit and mind remain strong even when their youthful dreams are shattered by the dictates of a patriarchal society. Eurídice wants to study piano in the Vienna conservatory while Guida makes it to Europe chasing a lover but only ends up back in Rio pregnant and alone. Kept apart by a terrible lie, the sisters will look for each other their entire lives and the film will turn visible what is invisible: the deep, aching longing of these two women to meet again.

– Violeta Bava


Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. One day Guida embarks on a whirlwind romance with a handsome sailor and elopes to Greece. When she returns months later, pregnant and single, Manoel brutally banishes her from the home and tells her that Eurídice has left to study music in Vienna and doesn’t want any further contact with her. In order to protect his family’s honor, Manuel keeps the now married Eurídice in the dark about her sister’s whereabouts. The two women take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other.


Karim Aïnouz

Karim Aïnouz is an award-winning film director, screenwriter and visual artist from Brazil. His first feature, Madame Satã, premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2002. He also directed Love for Sale (2006, Venice Orizzonti), I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009, Venice Orizzonti), and The Silver Cliff (2011, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight). In 2014 Futuro Beach screened in competition in Berlin. The documentary Central Airport THF premiered in Berlinale Panorama in 2017 and won the Amnesty International Prize. The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão is his seventh feature, and had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year where it won the top prize.

Cast & Crew

Director Karim Aïnouz

Scriptwriter(s) Murilo Hauser

Producer(s) Rodrigo Teixeira, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen

Cinematographer Hélène Louvart

Production Designer Rodrigo Martirena

Editor Heike Parplies

Music Benedikt Schiefer

Costumes Designer Marina Franco

Cast Carol Durte, Julia Stockler, Gregorio Duvivier, Bárbara Santos, Flávia Gusmao

Production Companies RT Features, Pola Pandora, Canal Brasil, Sony Pictures, Naymar


World Sales The Match Factory

World Panorama