Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica (Era Uma Vez Eu, Veronica)


Year: 2012
Run Time: 92 minutes

Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica
Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica
Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica
Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica

Newly-minted psychiatrist Veronica is trying to get to know herself. She has a job at a hospital and girlfriends to party with; she's ready for life to begin. But Veronica is a thinker, and the impersonality of existence is taking its toll. Veronica has a recorder into which she describes her feelings of ennui. She is scared about the future like everyone else. Her beloved dad is ill. She vents her feelings of crisis through the pursuit of carnal pleasure, and the water and hot sun of the Recife beach are distractions from daily life. But her brain keeps getting in the way. Her patients are distressingly dysfunctional: they're too hot; they can't sleep; their lives are out of control. Veronica can't escape the sense of loss invading her own soul, much less help all these agonized creatures. An intimate character study built around a stunning central performance by Hermila Guedes, ONCE UPON A TIME WAS I, VERONICA won five top awards at Brazil's national film festival. (In Portuguese with subtitles) – B.B.

Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica (Era Uma Vez Eu, Veronica)

CIFF37 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Women of the World


Marcelo Gomes

Joao Vieira Jr., Sara Silveira, Maria Ionescu

Marcelo Gomes

Mauro Pinheiro, Jr.

Karen Harley

Principal Cast
Hermila Guedes, W.J. Solha, Joao Miguel, Renata Roberta

Director Bio
Marcelo Gomes' contact with cinema started with a cine-club he created in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Bristol University and has directed a number of award-winning short films.

Select Filmography
"Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures" (2005), "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You" (2009), ONCE UPON A TIME WAS I, VERONICA (2012)

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