Saturday, 5 November 2011, 12.00 to 3.15 pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD


  • 12.00 – 12.15 pm       Welcome and introduction
  • 12.15 – 1.45 pm          Screening of Suely in the Sky (O Céu de Suely, Karim Aïnouz, 2006, 90 min)
  • 1.45 – 2.00 pm           Refreshments
  • 2.00 – 2.45 pm           Screening of one episode of Alice (Karim Aïnouz and Sergio Machado, 2008, 45 min)
  • 2.45 – 3.15 pm            Q&A with Karim Aïnouz, chaired by Mariana Cunha (Oxford)

The Director

Karim Aïnouz is a Brazilian-Algerian  filmmaker and visual artist. Aïnouz’s feature debut, Madame Satã, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard. His following films, Suely in the Sky, and Viajo Porque Preciso Volto Porque Te Amo (co-directed with Marcelo Gomes) premiered in the Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti, in 2006 and 2009. His films have received numerous international awards. In 2008, Aïnouz directed Alice, a 13 episode fiction series for HBO Latin America. His latest film The Silver Cliff (O Abismo Prateado, 2011) was reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight) in May 2011. He is scheduled to go into production of his next feature, Praia do Futuro, in the winter of 2011, to be shot in Germany and Brazil.

His installations have been shown in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial (1997) and the São Paulo Biennial (2004).

The Discussant

Mariana Cunha holds an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies (2004) and a PhD (2010) from Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD thesis focuses on the construction of cinematic landscapes in Brazilian cinema, particularly in films that portray rural-urban migration. She also studied documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2008). She is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Oxford.

Free entry: first come, first seated.

This event is organized with the support of the Brazilian Embassy.