Directed by Gustavo Pizzi
Brazil, Uruguay | 2018 | 97 min | drama | Portuguese

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and regain her inner confidence before sending her eldest son out into the world.

Cast & Crew

Director: Gustavo Passos Pizzi
Screenplay: Gustavo Passos Pizzi, Karine Teles, Leite de Sousa Pizzi
Cinematography: Pedro Faerstein
Editing: Livia Serpa
Producers:Tatiana Leite, Gustavo Pizzi
Co-producers: Rodrigo Letier, Agustina Chiarino, Fernando Epstei
Production Companies: Bubbles Project, Baleia Filmes
Co-production Companies: TvZERO, Mutante Cine

  • Gustavo Pizzi
    Gustavo Pizzi


Sundance Film Festival – World Dramatic Competition

IFF Rotterdam

Malaga Film Festival –  Best Iberoamerican Movie

Within the Family – Special Jury Award

Festival de Cinema Gramado – Best Actress, Best Suporting Actress, Best Film by the audience & by the critics


press quotes

A wonderfully intimate project.
A warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar.
Brazilian star Karine Teles shines as a mother with her hands full in a melodrama that radiates with lived-in truth and everyday detail.
In Pizzi and Teles’ hands, such kitchen-sink melodrama takes on a kind of poetic profundity.
There’s real beauty in the moments Pizzi has chosen to share.

Loveling wisely avoids easy answers, and its deft mix of humor and melancholy never falters.
Karine Teles brings ferocious warmth and humor to the lead role. (…) Without pandering to audience sympathy, she creates an exceptionally sympathetic focal point for a story that embraces the messy tenderness of life as it’s lived.
Pizzi and DP Pedro Faerstein use the widescreen frame to vivacious effect, finding something lyrical even in everyday chores.”
The Hollywood Reporter

There’s no denying Loveling’s rambunctious charm
Karine Teles puts in a powerful performance
Loveling relies on the charm of its chaotic central family (…) and the warmth of Teles to seduce and dazzle audiences into submission.
Screen International

Gustavo Pizzi

Gustavo Pizzi is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. His directorial debut was RISCADO / Craft, which world-premiered at SXSW and went to over 40 other film festivals worldwide. In 2010 Gustavo produced the short film Ivan’s Distraction, which world-premiered at the Semaine de la Critique of Cannes International Film Festival. In 2012 he directed the documentary TV Series Oncotô. He also worked on the script of the TV series #callmebruna, already in its second season, broadcasted by Fox Premium in all Latin America. His is now developing the film/miniseries GILDA.

2018 Loveling
2010 Riscado / Craft