The Silver Cliff
(Karim Aïnouz, 2011)
With generous empathy and a sensualist’s eye for detail, Karim Aïnouz has created a unique body of work that provides loving but unsentimental portraits of memorable characters. While alive with beauty and emotion, the world he presents is also astutely aware of the structures that limit their possibilities. The son of a Brazilian mother and Algerian father, and a graduate of New York University’s film school, Aïnouz has become a treasured presence at the world’s most important film festivals. His films are the perfect choice to close out the Wex’s winter of Brazilian programming.
Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
With a richly textured layering of subtle emotions and beautiful visuals, The Silver Cliff follows 24 hours in the life of a woman whose husband has just left her. After missing a flight to meet up with him, she finds herself alone in Rio overnight and tries to reconcile her newfound perspective on life. Through exquisitely impressionistic filmmaking, the movie tracks every nuanced development in her inner life as she moves through sadness, liberation, and other more ambiguous emotions. The film is based on “Eye to Eye,” a beautiful song about love, forgiveness, and resilience by the legendary singer-songwriter Chico Buarque. (83 mins., DCP)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Karim Aïnouz will not be able to attend the screening of The Silver Cliff. The screening will take place as scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
VIA BRASIL MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
LEAD SUPPORT FOR VIA BRASIL
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
VIA BRASIL SPECIAL THANKS
Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council