About the Film
Guaxuma is a riveting short film that uses sand-animation to evoke intimate childhood memories, friendship and shared dreams. It pays tribute to Tayra, with whom Nara Normande, the film’s director, grew up. Nara moved to the city when she became a teenager; but she returns every now and then because the sea breeze brings her some happy memories as she recalls the good old days they spent together.
Nara Normande was born in Guaxuma and later moved to Recife, where a new generation of Brazilian directors was about to emerge. In 2014, she co-directed with Tião a live action fiction, Sem Coração, that received the Illy Prize of best short film at the Director's Fortnight. In 2018, her last film, Guaxuma, mixes several animation techniques all connected to sand.