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Irene lives in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro with her husband Klaus and four sons. Her teenage son Fernando is a local handball star and when he’s scouted to play professionally in Germany, the family has only a few weeks to ready his departure. This shocking event starts an avalanche of changes, inspiring Irene to get her high-school diploma, find a new job and push forward with plans for a new home while juggling a large family and her sister. While some things come to an end, new things start. Loveling is an ode to working class mothers and Irene’s coming-of-age story. It was inspired by true events from the life of director Gustavo Pizzi and co-screenwriter and actress Karine Teles, now ex-spouses. The film premiered at Sundance and was screened in Rotterdam.
Subtitles: HR, EN
Born in Rio de Janeiro, he made his first documentary Simple Past (2006) about Rio’s most famous brothels. He co-wrote the screenplay of his debut feature Craft (2011) with his ex-wife Karine Teles, with whom he collaborated on his second feature Loveling.