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Medusa

Directed by
Anita Rocha da Silveira

Status Completed
Country Brazil
Original Title Medusa
Year 2021
Language Brazilian Portuguese
Genre . Drama
Duration 125min
Distributor Music Box (USA)
Status Completed
Country Brazil
Original Title Medusa
Year 2021
Language Brazilian Portuguese
Genre Drama
Duration 125min
Distributor Music Box (USA)
Today, Brazil.

Mariana, 21 years old, belongs to a world where she must do her utmost to keep up the appearance of a perfect woman. In order to resist temptation, she and her girlfriends try their best to control everything and everyone around them. And that includes the town sinners.

At night, their girl squad put on masks, hunt & beat up all women who have deviated from the right path. However, the day will come when the urge to scream will be stronger than it ever has been…

Director

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anita Rocha da Silveira has written, directed and edited three short-films: The Noon Vampire (2008), Handball (2010, FIPRESCI Award at the Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen), and The Living Dead (2012, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight).

Her first feature Kill me Please (2015) was screened at the Orizzonti section at Venice International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and SXSW, among others. Medusa is Anita’s second feature film.

Cast & crew

CAST

  • Mari Oliveira

  • Lara Tremouroux

  • Joana Medeiros

  • Felipe Frazão

  • Bruna Linzmeyer

  • Thiago Fragoso

DOP

  • João Atala (Oscar nominated The Edge of Democracy)

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Dina Salem Levy (Loveling)

PRODUCERS

  • Bananeira Filmes (Zama, Jauja, Kill Me Please )

Festivals and awards

  • CANNES DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT 2021
  • TORONTO IFF
  • IFF ROTTERDAM
  • AFI FEST
  • GENEVE IFF
  • GUADALAJARA IFF
  • DENVER IFF
  • LEEDS IFF
  • RAINDANCE
  • SAO PAULO IFF
  • VIENNALE
  • PHILADELPHIA IFF
  • MILANO IFF
  • SITGES
  • TROMSO IFF
  • LUND IFFF
  • FICCALI
  • PREAMBULO
  • CUORUM MORELIA
  • HUELVA FESTIVAL DE CINE IBEROAMERICANO
“A rising talent and a bold
and imaginative filmmaker who
manages to re-engineer genre norms.”
“An original, provocative voice
(...), satirical, amusing, stylish
and strange, a nod to Kubrick,
Argento and John Carpenter,
all at once.”
“The audacity of de Silveira’s concept
and her deliberately over-thetop aesthetic
render “Medusa” a compelling mixed bag.”