Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

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Set in a small town in the arid highlands of Brazil’s Belo Horizonte region, SWIRL lovingly records the barely manifest reactions of an older faith healer as she attempts to cope with the sudden death of her husband. Though her children come to visit, they have their own lives to live, and it falls to a friend who lives nearby to help her deal with her sorrow. The two old women cope with everyday needs and seek to understand the deeper meaning of their existence. Braganca’s elliptical storytelling is integral in portraying beliefs, myths, and habits of a rural Brazil that is being swept aside with the passing of the older generation.
"Swirl includes several beautifully exciting music scenes, but excels primarily in its calm satisfaction."
International Film Festival Rotterdam

tags: Feature film

Cast: Maria Sebastiana Martius Alvaro, Luciene Soares da Silva, Wanderson Soares da Silva, Maria da Conceição Gomes de Moura


Screenplay: Felipe Bragança, Original von / by: Helvécio Marins Jr.

Director of Photography: Ivo Lópes Araújo

Film Editor: Marina Meliande

Composer: O Grivo

Sound: Gustavo Fioravante

Producer: Luana Melgaco, Sara Silveira, Paulo de Carvalho, Gudula Meinzoltm Luis Minarro

Production Company: Teia Filmes

World Sales: Urban Distribution International

Director: Helvécio Marins Jr., Clarissa Campolina