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SUDOESTE
by Eduardo Nunes
Brazil, 2012

Language: Portuguese, with French Subtitles, Blue-Ray, B/W, 128 min.
Directed by Eduardo Nunes, written by Eduardo Nunes, Guilherme Sarmento, produced by Helder Dacosta for Tropicalstorm Entertainment/Super Filmes, cinematography: Mauro Pinheiro Jr, editing: Flavio Zettel, music: Yuri Villar, Tiago Azevedo, Cristiano de Abreu; actors: Simone Spoladore, Julio Adrião, Regina Bastos, Raquel Bonfante, Mariana Lima, Victor Navega Motta.

Cinema Forum, Thursday, September 16, at 8.30 PM

In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Spirited away to a remote lakeside village, baby Clarice lives her whole life in the span of twenty-four hours, and yet (as the film’s vast, black-and-white panoramas suggest) even so compressed a lifetime remains impossible to fully grasp or contain. In Eduardo Nunes’s assured debut feature, precious strands of memory, identity and desire add up to a palpable fairytale affirming our place in the ineffable stream of life.

 

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