Browse Archive

Eclipse

Eclipse
Betty Gofman, Matheus Nachtergaele (photo © Baumhaus Film Broedl/Peter Stockhaus Film)

And above us the indifference of the stars. It is this indifference that makes us search for love.

The writer Pia and the painter Gil live by the Rio Negro deep in the Amazon jungle. One night, during a lunar eclipse, Pia is murdered. Her death plunges Gil into a world of shadows. He leaves the town by the river and does not return to the house he shared with Pia until two years later.

There, Pia is present in the flood of memories that keep coming back to him, and also lives on deep in his heart. This love, the comfort it brings him, and the girl Elsa lead him out of the darkness and back into the light, back to life. And he will meet Pia’s murderer.

Eclipse is a love story set against the background of a crime: compelling, poetic, and delicately told.


Herbert Broedl was born in 1949 in St. Poelten/Austria and studied Philosophy in Vienna. Also active as a screenplay writer, his films include: Nachrichten richten nach (1972), Zivilisierte Tropen (1976), Das Schlangenfischkanu (1984), Inseln der Illusion (1987), Djadje (1991), Sternsucher (1994), Fruechtchen (1997), Bad Boy (1999) and Eclipse (2002), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Herbert Broedl
Screenplay Herbert Broedl
Cinematography Volker Tittel
Katrin Koester
Roman Bunka
Sérgio Silveira
Cast Matheus Nachtergaele, Betty Gofman, Paulo Vespúcio
Producers Peter Stockhaus, Herbert Broedl
Production Companies Peter Stockhaus Film/Hamburg, Baumhaus Film Broedl/Hamburg, in cooperation with 3sat/Cologne, HR/Frankfurt, ORF/Vienna, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Portuguese
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Rio 2002, Sao Paulo 2002, Fort Lauderdale 2002, Hof 2002
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein