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June 5–11, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

A Wolf at the Door
(O Lobo atrás da Porta)

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Best Film
Best Actress
Rio de Janeiro
Intl Film Fest
Horizons Award
San Sebastián
Intl Film Fest
"Unflinchingly raw, honest and often ugly...Fernando Coimbras' Wolf at the Door is one of the most striking films about that perennial topic—adultery—ever made"
  —Film Journal International
"An utterly compelling and indelible drama... [Leandra] Leal's performance is always astonishingly raw and vivid"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"On a visceral level, it is a knife to the gut"
  —New York Times
"Absorbing and challenging... impressive"
  —Screen International
3 stars½ "A remarkable film that introduces Fernando Coimbra as a filmmaker to be closely monitored"

Sylvia (Fabíula Nascimento) is horrified to learn that her six-year-old daughter Clarinha has just been picked up at school by an unknown woman. Still reeling from the shock, she waits impatiently with her husband, Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz), at the police station, where they are both questioned. Bernardo confesses to a detective that he believes he knows who is responsible for the kidnapping: his lover, Rosa (Leandra Leal). When Rosa calls him to arrange a rendezvous, Bernardo agrees to meet her, hoping against hope that she will appear with Clarinha in hand.

A Wolf at the Door, the suspenseful debut feature by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra, captures the darkness that can fall over a couple when love mixes with hate. Set in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, this tragic tale employs absorbing flashbacks to illuminate the contradictory perspectives of Sylvia, Bernardo, and Rosa as we see how each is caught in a tangle of lies and deception. Filmmaker Fernando Coimbra has described his inventive, neo-noir thriller as a modern-day variation on Medea, which provides a hint on taking the audience down a very dark and winding road.

Directed by Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, 2013, 100 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles


  • Fri., Jun. 5 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jun. 6 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jun. 7 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Jun. 8–11 at 7 & 9 pm
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