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SOUTHWEST (Sudoeste)

Director: Eduardo Nunes
Brazil   |   2011   |   128 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis 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.


About the Director Eduardo Nunes was born in Niterói, Brazil in 1969. He studied cinema at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. He has worked as an assistant director, producer and editor. He directed documentaries beginning in 1998 and has also directed five short films. His short film Reminiscence won Best Brazilian Short Film and Best Brazilian Short Film Sound at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival in 2002. Southwest is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.



CAST

Clarice - Simone Spoladore
Clarice as a child - Raquel Bonfante
Sebastião - Julio Adrião
Conceição - Dira Paes
Luzia - Mariana Lima
Malaquias - Everaldo Pontes
João - Victor Navega Motta
Clarice as an old woman - Regina Bastos
Dona Iraci - Léa Garcia

CREW

Director - Eduardo Nunes
Writers - Guilherme Sarmiento, Eduardo Nunes
Executive Producer - Patrick Leblanc
Producers - Helder Dacosta, Patrick Leblanc
Director of Photography - Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Editor - Flávio Zettel
Sound - Leandro Lima, Gabriel d’Angelo, François Wolf
Music - Cristiano de Abreu, Tiago Azevedo, Yuri Villar
REVIEWS

“An intensely poetic meditation on the life cycle with a magical-realist sensibility, it has the feel of a somber fairy tale…a visually beautiful film that demands that you surrender to its hypnotic images.” -The New York Times

“Eduardo Nunes…ensures that his tale of a girl whose entire life passes in a single day is also singular enough to captivate hard-to-please auteurist auds. With its extremely wide aspect ratio, richly detailed bichrome photography and two-hour-plus running time, adventurous fests are the logical venue for this effort, which deserves to be seen on the bigscreen.” – Variety

“With this enigmatic title debuting director Eduardo Nunes sets the tone for a magically-realistic tale in which each and everyone lives in its own time at its own pace. It is no wonder this film has been compared with the work of the Hungarian master cineast Béla Tarr.” – World Cinema Amsterdam Festival


“Nunes, who won several prizes with his short films, uses this dreamy yet also painful and tragic narrative to point to Christian and magical stories. But in the end, there is no clear logic; only the puzzle of time and life.” – IFF Rotterdam

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Closing Night Film, International Gramado Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
São Paulo International Film Festival
Vitoria Film Festival
Havana International Film Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Special Jury Prize, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Latin-American Best Film, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Best Photography, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Best Director, Vitoria Film Festival
Best Artistic Contribution, Havana International Film Festival
Critics’ Prize, Special Jury Prize and Prize of the Public, Festival de Cinema Luso Brasileiro
Best Director, Best Cinematographer, São Paulo Association of Art Critics