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Suely in the Sky

Suely in the Sky
International title O Céu de Suely
Section Sección Oficial Largometrajes Fuera de Competición - 44 edición
Country Brasil, Alemania, Portugal, Francia
Year 2006
Running time 88
Director Karim Aïnouz
Screenplay Mauricio Zacharias, Felipe Bragança, Karim Aïnouz
Film Editing Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Tina Baz Le Gal,
Photography Walter Carvalho
Music Berna Ceppas, Kamal Kassin
Producer Videofilmes

Shotgun Pictures
Distribution Company Celluloid Dreams2

Synopsis Hemilda is a Brazilian teen girl who started off dreaming of a future full of light and love for the fatherless child she is carrying. Her belly grows and Hemilda loses heart, there will never be a man to love them, and life will never be less miserable than it is now. On the verge of desperation, she turns to the only thing she’s got to get a bit of money and start a new life away from her village. She turns to her body, holding a raffle in which the prize is “a night in Paradise” with her.
Director bio Karin Ainouz was born in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1966. He studied Architecture at the University of Brasilia, going on to take a postgraduate course on Film Studies at New York University. His innovative shorts Paixao Nacional and O Preso and his documentary Seams were screened in about 50 festivales all over Brazil and abroad, including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, London, Vancouver, Atlanta and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Aïnouz has received numerous awards, including Best Short Film in Atlanta Film Festival (1994) and Best Short Film at Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, 1997). He also worked as assistant editor and director in a series of films, such as Poison (Todd Haynes, 1990), Swoon (Tom Kalin, 1991) and Postcards from America (McLean, 1993). Madame Sata, his first fiction feature, was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival in 2002, as well as Sundance, Rotterdam and Buenos Aires Film Festival, where it received the Best Film award. Aïnouz was the co-writer of two acclaimed 2006 Brazilian features, Marcelo Gomes’s Movies, Aspirin, and Vultures and Sergio Machado’s Lower City. He was also one of the scriptwriters of Walter Salles’s Behind the sun (2001).