Tracing the Brazil - U.S. connection

Swirl (Girimunho) at the Chicago Cultural Center

As part of the International Connections Program from CIFF (Chicago International Film Festival) and co-presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center screened on Wednesday Swirl (Girimunho), a 2011 Brazilian film by Clarissa Campolina and Helvécio Marins Jr.

This 90-minute-feature about an old woman who starts to revisit her thoughts after her husband’s death is a profound meditation on choices and the meaning of the little things in life. The cinematography shows the essence of a small town in the countryside of Minas Gerais state, enhanced by well-applied lighting with deliberate use of shadows. Furthermore, Campolina and Marins Jr. accomplished this masterpiece employing non-professional actors in a such soft and delicate way that it makes us wonder if this is really a feature film or a documentary.

Brazilians will glimpse in Swirl a rarely-seen part of the country — and they will probably miss their grandmas. Americans will be amazed at the beauty of this poetic movie.

Swirl is worth of every one of its slowly-moving seconds. If you like to relax and reflect while watching the river pass you by, this film was made for you.

Don’t be sad if you missed the screening — you still have a chance to see Swirl, and guess what, it’s free and it’s tomorrow, Brazilian Independence Day, at 2 p.m.!

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Originally published in our first website, Chicagoano.

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