E Proibido Fumar
(Smoke Gets In Your Eyes)

A film by Anna Muylaert

2009, Brazil, Drama / Romance / Thriller


Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse


E Proibido Fumar (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes)

Dir. Anna Muylaert

2009, Brazil, Drama / Romance / Thriller
86 min, 35mm, Color In Portuguese with English subtitles


Baby (Gloria Pires), a chain-smoking guitar teacher in her forties, craves a romantic relationship. When musician Max (Paulo Miklos) moves into the apartment next door, she sees the possibility of turning her lonely life around. Instead, she unexpectedly finds herself involved in a love triangle leading to a terrible jealous rage. A bad time to give up smoking! Love, sex, agony and death... Anna Muylaert’s Smoke Gets In Your Eyes balances the fine line between comedy and tragedy, taking its characters on a journey to and from the dark side. As in life, they end up bruised, but perhaps better human beings in the long run.


About Anna Muylaert


Anna Muylaert was born in São Paulo in 1964. After graduating from the University of São Paulo in 1984, she began her career as an assistant director on the feature films Running Out of Luck (Julien Temple) and Moon Over Parador (Paul Mazursky).


In 1989 she began working in television. She worked as the “Bee-Reporter” on the TV show TV MIX, and as editor and reporter on Matéria Prima. In 1991 she entered the tele-dramaturgy world, participating in the creation of Mundo da Lua & Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum, both big hits for TV Cultura. She also wrote the script for the film O Menino, A Favela e as Tampas de Panela, which was part of the project Open a Door for the BBC, winning many international awards. In 1997 she created and wrote the TV program Disney Club, winner of APCA Award for Best Children’s Program.

In the video arena she has directed and produced many works, among them Zona Eleitoral. In 1996 she directed the music video Mama Africa for forro singer Chico César, winner of several awards including an MTV Music Award.

In 2001 she released her first feature-length film, Durval Records, winner of 7 awards at the Gramado Film Festival and selected for many festivals, including Montreal, Rotterdam, and Torino, where she won the Holden Prize for Best Screenplay. She has written many scripts for acclaimed directors, among them, Cao Hamburger’s The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Brazil’s official selection for the 2007 Academy Awards, the TV series Alice for Karim Ainouz, and co-wrote Paulista with Roberto Moreira.

In 2009 Anna released her second film, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, winner of 8 awards at the Brasilia Film Festival.

(From festivalscope.com)



Director: Anna Muylaert
Producers: Sara Silveira, Maria Ionescu & Anna Muylaert
Screenplay: Anna Muylaert
Cinematographer: Jacob Solitrenik
Editor: Paulo Sacramento
Music: Marcio Nigro
Principal Cast: Gloria Pires, Marisa Orth, Paulo Cesar Pereio, Andre Abujamra

A FiGa Films Release


May 23, 7:45 PM

Alamo Ritz 320 East 6th Street [Map]

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse