Brazil, 2017 | 100 mins
Portuguese with English subtitles
Director: José Luiz Villamarim
Friday, Aug 25
3:00 PM | The Cinematheque
Thursday, Aug 31
5:00 PM | The Cinematheque
Luzimar cycles each day to and from work at the local cotton mill in his hometown of Cataguases, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a hard-working man, trying to make the most of what he has. One day, his childhood friend Gildo reappears, driving a fancy car and boasting of his successful life in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. As the two sit down for a beer, memories, regrets and old resentments slowly resurface... but at the root of all the tension is a painful childhood secret that needs be told. With cinematography by the inimitable Walter Carvalho (Central Station), Whirlpool has a rich visual style that gives an extraordinary depth of feeling to the story of this industrial town and its inhabitants.
“An aesthetically delicate spectacle, a poetically told story.” Luis Ruffato
Luzimar e Gildo, dois grandes amigos de infância que cresceram juntos em no interior de Minas Gerais, se reencontram depois muitos anos afastados. Enquanto que Luzimar nunca saiu de sua cidade onde hoje trabalha em uma fábrica de tecelagem, Gildo se mudou para São Paulo, onde acredita ter se tornado um homem mais bem sucedido. Na noite de Natal, Luzimar e Gildo se confrontam com o passado e, num intenso e turbulento mergulho na memória, partem para um perigoso acerto de contas.
Producers: Vânia Catani, Alex Sander Silva
Writer: George Moura
Cinematographer: Walter Carvalho
Editor: Quito Ribeiro
Cast: Irandhir Santos, Júlio Andrade, Dira Paes
José Luiz Villamarim (Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1963) studied Economics at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica. Since 1992 he has worked at Rede Globo, the largest television network in Brazil, where he has directed many TV shows and telenovelas including Avenida Brasil (1999). Redemoinho, his first feature film, won the Special Jury Prize at the Rio Film Festival.