Suely in the Sky

  • 88'
  • Brazil
  • 2006
The position of women would appear to be the major theme of Brazilian cinema these days. After his successful debut Madame Sata (2002), Karim Aïnouz points the camera at Hermila Guedes, who has previously been seen in Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures and Bog of Beasts. Portrayed with control and dynamism by the ubiquitous, unsurpassed Walter Carvalho, the vivacious and wayward heroine Hermila (aka Suely) bursts on to the screen.
When life in cosmopolitan São Paulo gets too expensive for her, the beautiful 21-year-old Hermila returns with her young child to her poor birthplace in northeastern Brazil, under the assumption that her husband will soon follow. When he doesn’t turn up after a long wait, she has to adjust her pink-coloured view of reality. But Hermila’s lust for life, courage and mood swings know no bounds. Even though she seems able to count on warmth and love in her birthplace, unknown happiness lures her away to other climes. Determined to make more of her life than her best friend, the prostitute Georgina, she thinks of a way to escape country life. Under the name Suely she organises a lottery in which the winner can spend the night with her. Among the contestants is her old flame João... (GT)

Director
Karim Aïnouz
Countries of production
Brazil, France, Germany, Portugal
Production Year
2006
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
88'
Medium
35mm
Original title
O céu de suely
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Walter Salles, Mauricio Andrade Ramos, Hengameh Panahi, Thomas Häberle, Peter Rommel
Production Companies
Bel Noronha Prod. Art. Ltda., Celluloid Dreams, Shotgun Pictures GmbH
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Screenplay
Felipe Bragança, Karim Aïnouz, Mauricio Zacharias
Cinematography
Walter Carvalho
Editor
Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Tina Baz le Gal
Production Design
Marcos Pedroso
Sound Design
Waldir Xavier, Leandro Lima
Music
Berna Ceppas, Kamal Kassin
Cast
Hermila Guedes, Maria Menezes
Website
http://celluloid-dreams.com/celluloid_dreams_library/s_z/suely_in_the_sky