In a Brazilian fishing village, a girl whose mother has died in childbirth is growing up in a seaside shanty surrounded by warm, humid breezes. Her guardian, a formidable old witch, keeps her hidden away from others. But one day, a curious boy discovers Clarisse within the dark shack, setting into motion a mysterious journey that transforms the young girl from one character to another as she lives an entire life in the space of a single day. There are no signposts on this route: imagination is king, sounds and images collect and multiply. With his first film, Eduardo Nunes has created a reflection on time and its inescapable hold on us, immersing us in the realms of nostalgia and poetry. Mixing childhood memories, fragmented dreams and unplumbed desire, this fantastical story is directed with a touch of magic. Through magnificent, powerful cinematography and haunting music, the film enchants with the perfumes of the south, transporting us to another world filled with delights.
Sudoeste is co-presented by the global Film initiative and is part of the global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org