“For any director, it might both be a blessing and a curse to make a film that perfectly catches the tone of its historical moment. Brazilian drama The Pink Cloud, writer-director Iuli Gerbase’s uncannily prescient debut, has accidentally made what could well be the definitive fictional statement about the experience of Covid-19 lockdown. That will make this powerfully imaginative film a significant talking point after its world premiere in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition – and the film is likely to be a key reference when the history of Covid-era cinema is written.
In the city of Porto Alegre, two single people, Giovana (Renata de Lélis) and Yago (Eduardo Mendonça), have just met and made out for the first time, and now must live together until further notice in Giovana’s apartment – like the many new couples who made the overnight decision to cohabit at the start of 2020’s lockdown.”
Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“Iuli Gerbase’s thoughtful, precise little film would have marked an impressive enough arrival under normal circumstances. As it is, it might endure as more era-evocative than many of the intentional pandemic dramas to come.”
Guy Lodge, Variety