The Pink Cloud

A Nuvem Rosa
Directed by Iuli Gerbase
Brazil | 2021 | Narrative
105 minutes | English & Portuguese

In this prescient Sundance thriller — written in 2017 and shot in 2019 — “Pink Cloud” eerily evokes the lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic. When a mysterious and deadly pink cloud appears in the skies, spreading dramatically across the world, everyone is forced to quarantine in place. Giovana is frustratingly confined in an apartment with Yago, a man she met at a party only the night before, and while waiting for the cloud to pass, the two are compelled to somehow invent themselves as a couple. writes: “From Brazil, Iuli Gerbase’s not-so-dystopian drama ‘The Pink Cloud’ might feel too close to our current reality for some to enjoy. However, the way it builds a microcosm that exacerbates the worst in human dynamics and fears is outstanding. Ambitious in her scope, Gerbase tracks this relationship to its lowest points, like the pair scheduling activities so they don’t have to cross paths, and then to the elation of renewed hope. In those dramatic ebbs and flows, she investigates what is unchangeably important to our spirits in order to endure even the most unimaginable events. Even if the entire story takes place in such a limited space, the filmmaker’s layered writing and meticulous execution to mark the passage of time keeps it consistently intriguing.”