What was the impact of the film Girls from Ipanema in these festivals?
Wendy – WOW – seeing the reaction caused in Florida really touched my heart. The audience was really excited and intrigued. Many Brazilians felt homesick after watching it! After the screenings many people came to talk to me to tell me that the movie is joyful and of how much they had enjoyed the girls, how charming and personable they were. One person wrote me saying: It is a nice long conversation with some girls from a very different culture . One Brazilian told me that this is the first documentary on Rio that has really captured its essence and soul. He wanted me to send it to the ambassador for Brazil in the US. So many people seemed to be really entranced by the film, seduced by the romantic imagery of the sunsets over Ipanema edited to the simple sway of a quiet Bossa Nova Many of them laughed at all the cheeky sense of humor and gasped at the brazen beauty of the girls in their bikinis. That is what a film-maker loves: to see an audience excited by what they are seeing. AcheiU