Insolação (Sunstroke)

Insolação tells stories of unrequited love. “Love and loss. Loss, mostly,” says one character. In an empty city, scorched by the sun, young and old confuse the fever of sunstroke with the delicate birth of passion. Like ghosts, they hover through buildings and over endless flatland in search of the ever-elusive love, while the film’s nostalgic narrator, Andrei, bears witness to their tales.

Based loosely on a series of stories by Anton Chekov, the various plots of the film weave together and unravel in the improbable city of Brasilia—a distorted mirror image of Soviet utopia—located in the heart of the country.

Insolação (Sunstroke) (2009)




Portuguese, with English subtitles




Daniela Thomas | Filipe Hirsch

Daniela Thomas

Daniela Thomas is an award-winning director, screenwriter and editor. She co-directed her first feature film, Terra Estrangeira, alongside Walter Salles in 1996. In 2006 she co-directed-again with Salles- a segment of the portmanteau film, Paris je t’aime. Her most recent film is Insolação (2009), which she made with Filipe Hirsch.

Filipe Hirsch

Filipe Hirsch founded the Subtle Theatre Company in São Paulo in 1993, and has directed many award-winning plays. Insolação is his first foray into film.

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