Screened as part of NZIFF 2019

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão 2019

A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão

Directed by Karim Aïnouz World

A saga of sisterhood for the ages, Madame Sata director Karim Aïnouz’s sensual ‘tropical melodrama’ won top prize at this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard section.

Brazil / Germany In Portuguese with English subtitles
140 minutes DCP



Rodrigo Teixeira
Michael Weber
Viola Fügen


Murilo Hauser
Inés Bortagaray
Karim Aïnouz. Based on the novel by Martha Batalha


Hélène Louvart


Heike Parplies

Production designer

Rodrigo Martirena

Costume designer

Marina Franco


Benedikt Schiefer


Carol Duarte (Eurídice Gusmão)
Júlia Stockler (Guida Gusmão)
Gregório Duvivier (Antenor)
Fernanda Montenegro (older Eurídice Gusmão)
Bárbara Santos (Filomena)
Flávia Gusmão (Ana)
Maria Manoella (Zélia)
António Fonseca (Manuel)
Cristina Pereira (Cecilia)
Gillray Coutinho (Afonso)


Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2019


Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2019

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s glorious Un Certain Regard winner richly renders the myth and the making of two spirited sisters who grow up inseparable before each taking very different paths. Living years in the same city without ever knowing it, the tension of whether they will find each other or not hangs exquisitely over this sumptuous film.

“Lustrous textures, boldly saturated colors and lush sounds serve to intensify the intimacy of… Aïnouz’s gorgeous melodrama about women whose independence of mind remains undiminished, even as their dreams are shattered by a stifling patriarchal society… The film hinges on a heartbreaking separation that causes decades of yearning and unanswered questions. But its supple moods are far more complex than that narrative core might suggest, winding through passages by turns seductive and sorrowful, tender and raw.

[The story is] enveloped in the characteristically Brazilian feeling of melancholy known as saudade, yet sustained by a sense of warmth and solidarity that seems present even when all physical connection between the central characters has been broken. A deep love and respect for women – sisters, mothers, female friends who become family surrogates – and a somber acknowledgment of the wrongs they absorb informs every scene…

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a haunting drama… Aïnouz’s expert modulation of tone ensures that the… film keeps surprising us with new turns, frequently marked by ravishing use of Schiefer’s score, combined with piano passages from Liszt, Grieg and Chopin.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter