Karim Aïnouz (/kəˈrm ˈnz/;[1] Portuguese: [kɐˈɾĩ ajˈnus];[2] born 17 January 1966) is a Brazilian film director and visual artist. Most known for his film The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.

Karim Aïnouz
Ainouz in December 2005
Born (1966-01-17) 17 January 1966 (age 58)
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
OccupationFilm director
Years active1992–present
Known forThe Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Career edit

Karim Aïnouz was born to a Brazilian mother and an Algerian father.[3] He is a film director, screenwriter and visual artist. Aïnouz's feature debut, Madame Satã, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard. His following films, O Céu de Suely (Love for Sale), and Viajo porque preciso, volto porque te amo (I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You), co-directed with Marcelo Gomes, premiered at the Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti, in 2006 and 2009.

In 2011, O Abismo Prateado (Silver Cliff) was presented in the Directors' Fortnight Cannes and won Best Director at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

In television, Aïnouz directed Alice, a 13 episode fiction series for HBO Latin America. His short films and installations have been shown at numerous venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the São Paulo Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial and Videobrasil.

As creative advisor and lecturer, Aïnouz has been invited to numerous Screenwriters Labs and institutions such as Princeton University, Wexner Center for the Arts, MIT, EICTV among others. Karim Aïnouz has been developing, alongside fellow filmmakers Marcelo Gomes and Sérgio Machado, The Center for Audiovisual Narratives in partnership with State authorities of Ceará, Brazil. Among other activities, they coordinate and work as creative advisors to the Screenwriters Lab, a one-year program committed to the development of a new generation of filmmakers, providing support throughout their projects. Since 2017, Aïnouz is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Karim Aïnouz latest feature film, the documentary Zentralflughafen THF, premiered at the 68th Berlinale – Panorama, won the Amnesty International Film Award, and has been screened in over 10 festivals. His previous feature Praia do Futuro (Futuro Beach), had its world premiere at the 64th Berlinale Competition.

In 2019 he released Invisible Life, an adaptation of the novel A Vida Invisivel de Eurídice Gusmão written by Martha Batalha, depicting the life of two sisters. The film takes place in the Rio de Janeiro of the 1950s.

Favourite films edit

In 2022, Aïnouz participated in the Sight & Sound film polls of that year. It is held every ten years to select the greatest films of all time, by asking contemporary directors to select ten films of their choice.[4]

Aïnouz selections were:

Filmography edit

Short film

Year Title Director Writer
1992 O Preso Yes Yes
1994 Paixão Nacional Yes Yes
1996 Hic Habitat Felicitas Yes Yes
2000 Rifa-me Yes No
2011 Sunny Lane Yes Yes
Destricted.br Yes Yes

Documentary short

Year Title Director Writer
1993 Seams Yes Yes
1998 Les Ballons des Bairros Yes No
2004 Sertão de Acrílico Azul Piscina Yes Yes
2014 Sunday Yes Yes

Documentary film

  • Velázquez (2015)
  • Zentralflughafen THF (2018)
  • Mariner of the Mountains (2021)

Feature film

Year Title Director Writer
2001 Behind the Sun No Yes
2002 Madame Satã Yes Yes
2004 Se fosse tudo sempre assim Yes No
2005 Lower City No Yes
Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures No Yes
2006 Suely in the Sky Yes No
Love for Sale No Yes
2009 I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You Yes[a] Yes
2010 Neverquiet Yes No
2011 The Silver Cliff Yes Yes
2014 Futuro Beach Yes Yes
2019 The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão Yes No
2021 The Mariner of the Mountains Yes Yes
2023 Firebrand Yes No
2024 Motel Destino Yes Yes

TV series

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2008 Alice Yes No Episode "O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Minha Vida"
2014 Cathedrals of Culture Yes Yes Episode "Centre Pompidou"

Awards edit

  • 2018: Amnesty International Film Prize, Berlinale, for Zentralflughafen THF
  • 2011: Second Grand Coral Award, Havana Film Festival, for The Silver Cliff
  • 2011: Award for Best Director, Rio International Film Festival, for The Silver Cliff
  • 2010: Grand Prix Coup de Coeur, 22º Rencontres Cinémas d'Amérique Latin (Toulouse/France), for I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You co-directed with Marcelo Gomes.
  • 2009: Award for Best Director, Rio International Film Festival, for I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
  • 2009: FIPRESCI Award, Havana Film Festival, for I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
  • 2009: Third Grand Coral Award, Havana Film Festival, for I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
  • 2006: FIPRESCI Award, 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, for Love for Sale
  • 2006: Grand Coral Award, Havana Film Festival, for Love for Sale
  • 2006: Award for Best Film, Rio International Film Festival, for Love for Sale
  • 2006: Award for Best Director, Rio International Film Festival, for Love for Sale
  • 2002: Gold Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival, for Madame Satã
  • 2002: Award for Best Director, Biarritz Film Festival, for Madame Satã
  • 2002: Award for Best Director, São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards, for Madame Satã
  • 1997: Award for Best Short, Ann Arbor Film Festival, for Seams
  • 1994: Award for Best Short, Atlanta Film Festival, for Seams

Notes edit

  1. ^ Co-directed with Marcelo Gomes

References edit

  1. ^ "Interview Karim Aïnouz – THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO". Zurich Film Festival. 11 December 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Karim Aïnouz comenta cena de Praia do Futuro | Cena Comentada". Canal Brasil. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  3. ^ Garcia Fonseca, Bruna (10 June 2019). "After Cannes, Karim Aïnouz works on documentary on Algeria". anba.com.br. Brazil-Arab News Agency. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.bfi.org.uk/sight-and-sound/greatest-films-all-time/all-voters/karim-ainouz

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