INVERNO (Winter)

(Super- 8 mm, 88 min, color, 1983)

At 24, our hero lives on his own, he has a degree in journalism but works at an estate agent’s. He identifies himself with the gloomy city where he lives, with his apartment filled with records and books, with the films he sees. But he has little in common with his girlfriend, his friends, his parents, his work colleagues. He cannot and makes no effort to reconcile the different worlds where he lives. But this situation cannot last for long, and he will have to provide an answer at the end of twelve cold days in Porto Alegre.

Photo by Roberto Henkin: Werner Schünemann
Photo by Roberto Henkin: Werner Schünemann

Director: Carlos Gerbase
Written by: Carlos Gerbase
Cinematographer: Roberto Henkin
Art Directors: Marta Biavaschi and Luciana Tomasi
Production Coordinator: Luciana Tomasi
Editor: Giba Assis Brasil
Assistant Directors: Giba Assis Brasil and Alex Sernambi

Distribution: Casa de Cinema PoA

Main Cast:
Werner Schünemann (the hero)
Luciene Adami (Mariana)
Marta Biavaschi (Lúcia)
Marco Antônio Sorio (Milton)
Cleide Fayad (Cláudia)
Luciana Tomasi (Isabel)



  • 7th Gramado Super-8 Film Festival Nacional de Cinema Super-8, Gramado, 1983:
    Best Film.


"Essentially a psychological drama" which in itself is a daring thing to do, not only in terms of Super-8 films, but also in terms of Brazilian cinema - WINTER has a dramatic structure that surprises the viewer who is used to the colloquial tone of their previous films. (...) Gerbase turns Porto Alegre into his own Manhattan, in a poetic chronicle that accompanies the main character’s feelings. (...) The memory of happiness takes you to a different setting - Montevideo - just as cold, but simultaneously close and distant (in scenes of rare sensibility, in the beautiful communion of images and words)."
(Régis Müller, CORREIO DO POVO, Porto Alegre, 29/04/83)

"The cinema of Rio Grande do Sul has in WINTER its best production yet. Coupling narrative fluidity with a flawless use of the resources of time and memory, Gerbase constructs a film that speaks to all audiences. The young journalist (...) is not an unusual type. He is one of the survivors of the seventies, a man who is frightened at the lack of perspectives of his times. (...) It is not without reason that the group of friends is torn between Milton’s (Marco Antônio Sório) nihilism and Lúcia’s (Marta Biavaschi) indecision. All of them take detours, casual ways out of that moment. Carlos Gerbase proves to be the most intellectual of the filmmakers of Rio Grande do Sul."
(Júlio Ricardo da Rosa, ZERO HORA, Porto Alegre, 05/05/83)