Brazil’s official entry to the Academy Award for Best International Film debuts
Sedona AZ (January 6, 2020) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning and acclaimed new film “Invisible Life” Jan. 10-16 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Based on Martha Batalha’s popular novel “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão”, the film won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “Invisible Life” is nominated for Best International Film at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards and is Brazil’s official submission to the 2020 Academy Awards for Best International Film.
Set in a brilliantly recreated 1950s Rio de Janeiro. In the conservative Portuguese household of the Gusmão family, Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters who find in each other a safe space for their hopes and aspirations. While Guida has in her little sister a trustful confidante for her romantic adventures, Eurídice finds her spirited older sister the encouragement she needs to pursue her dream of becoming a professional pianist.
One day, fed up with living under the strict rules of their father, Manoel, Guida embarks on a whirlwind romance with a handsome sailor and elopes to Greece. When she returns months later, pregnant and single, Manoel brutally banishes her from the home and tells her that Eurídice has left to study music in Vienna and doesn’t want any further contact with her. In order to protect his family’s honor, Manoel keeps the now married Eurídice in the dark about her sister’s whereabouts.
Guida and Eurídice try to take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up the hope of someday being reunited. While Guida fights all the odds to live a dignified life as a single mother, Eurídice struggles to be both the perfect housewife and a professional musician. But, without each other, the sisters will have to find alone the resilience to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from becoming the women they would have been. Among the daily hardships, the greatest battle is against the fate that separated them. Will they find each other in time to overcome the oppression that suffocates them?
“One of the best movies of 2019.” — Nick Schager, Esquire
“One of the Top 10 Films of the Year! Seductive and sorrowful … tender and raw.” — The Hollywood Reporter
“A waking dream. Saturated in sound, music and color.” — Variety
“Invisible Life” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 10-16. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 10, 13, 15 and 16; and 7 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 14.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.