Young and pretty Hermila returns to her small town, her baby son in her arms. The big city was fun, but it was too expensive. She’ll wait for her husband to come and make a better life for them in the provinces. Hermila finds comfort back home with her grandmother and aunt Maria. She quickly falls into the relaxed local routine of dancing and having fun with friends. When she realises that her young, irresponsible husband isn’t serious about joining her, lonely Hermila renews a relationship with her old boyfriend João. But Hermila knows there’s for her here no reason to stay. Just odd jobs washing cars or selling raffle tickets for bottles of whisky. Hermila takes inspiration from her friend, a prostitute and decides to raffle herself off for one time only. She’ll get the funds necessary to leave town and the holder of the winning ticket will get “A Night in Paradise”.
Venice International Film Festival 2006, Orizzonti
Key festivals and awards
FIPRESCI Award, Best Screenplay and Artistic Achievement, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2006'
Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2006
Best Actress, Grand Coral, Havana Film Festival 2006
FIPRESCI Award for Best Latin American Film of 2006, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2007
Director: Karim Aïnouz
Producers: Videofilmes and Fado Filmes (Brazil), Celluloid Dreams (France), Shotgun Pictures (Germany)
German WCF partner: Shotgun Pictures
World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
Funding amount: 25.000 €