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
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