The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Directed by Karim Aïnouz
Brazil, Germany
139 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Winner of the Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize, this irresistible “tropical melodrama” tells the story of two sisters, forcibly separated through conservatism and fate.
In 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. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other. Brazilian director Karim Ainouz (Madame Sata, Praia do Futuro, SFF 2014) is known for his sensual, visually resplendent films and here brings his skillset to a heart-wrenching story, spanning decades, of two strong women who never give up hope.
Melodrama is a neglected genre, often delivered with a post-modern twist these days. Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz proves in this stirring, heart-wrenching period film that it can be served straight up and still work a treat.
Lee Marshall, ScreenDaily
Anyone already familiar with Aïnouz’s work will know to expect a florid sensory experience, but even by the Brazilian’s standards, this heartbroken tale of two sisters separated for decades by familial shame and deceit is a waking dream, saturated in sound, music and color to match its depth of feeling.
Guy Lodge, Variety


Wed 12 June
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce, Festival Hits, Latin America
Original Title
A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão
Unclassified 18+
Brazil, Germany
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Karim Aïnouz
Rodrigo Teixeira, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen
Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Antônio Fonseca
Inés Bortagaray, Murilo Hauser, Karim Aïnouz
Hélène Louvart
Heike Parplies
Cannes Selected, Latin America, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, Literary Adaptations
Company Credits
World Sales: The Match Factory
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