Cannes Chat: Karim Aïnouz on The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

A video interview by Federica Polidoro

The warm welcome Karim Aïnouz’s The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão received at the gala screening in Cannes 2019 was indeed the foretaste of a triumph at the closing ceremony, where the movie was awarded as the best in the Un Certain Regard section.

Impressed by the strong approach to the subject matter at the core of the film, the ICS had the pleasure to sit with Mr. Aïnouz for a chat in which the director shared his clues on the creative process, his inspiration for the mise en scène and style to obtain the powerful visual and auditive impact that hit the audience before, and the jury later.

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão is the adaptation of the homonym debut novel by Martha Batalha, and in the press book it is referred to as a ‘Tropical Melodrama’, words that set the mood of the tale in almost mystic experience. As the director himself revealed during the meeting, he wanted to saturate images, blending them indissolubly by nature sounds and music language, with the result a lavishing, voluptuous, sensorial excess.

Let’s hear in this interview what he said about men and women, patriarchy and the chance of peaceful coexistence between genders.