• Gustavo Pizzi
  • Brazil, Uruguay
  • 2018.
  • 98'
  • Benzinho

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

Gustavo Pizzi

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.


Gustavo Pizzi
Gustavo Pizzi, Karine Teles
Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris, César Troncoso, Artur Teles Pizzi, Francisco Teles Pizzi, Vicente Demori, Luan Teles
Pedro Faerstein
Livia Serpa
Tatiana Leite, Gustavo Pizzi, Rodrigo Letier, Agustina Chiarino Voulminot, Fernando Epstein
Bubbles Project, Baleia Filmes, TvZERO, Mutante Cine
Festivals & Awards
Sundance Film Festival 2018 – World Dramatic Competition; Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam 2018; Göteborg Film Festival 2018

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