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Anita Rocha da Silveira

Anita Rocha da Silveira


Scriptwriter, Film Director


ScriptLab - original Participant 2017


Anita Rocha da Silveira was born in Rio de Janeiro and majored in Cinema in 2008 at PUC-Rio. She wrote, directed and edited three short-films: “The noon vampire” (2008), “Handball” (2010, FIPRESCI Award), and “The Living Dead (2012, The Directors’ Fortnight selection in Cannes). “Kill me Please” (2015), her first feature film, premiered at VENICE FILM FESTIVAL (Orizzonti section). Later, it won the Best Director and Actress Awards at Rio International Film Festival and was presented at New Directors/New Films, SXSW, Bafici, Indie Lisboa, Filmfest München, Gotebörg FF, Cartagena IFF, AFI Fest, among others.
Her next feature effort is MEDUSA, which is currently in development stage, produced by Bananeira Filmes.

company profile

Bananeira Filmes:
Founded in 2000 by the producer Vania Catani, Bananeira Filmes is, today, one of the most prestigious production companies in Brazil, and its main feature is to fund independent projects with notorious artistic quality. Combined, its productions have been exhibited in about 371 festivals over 40 countries and received 178 awards so far.
In 15 years, Bananeira Filmes produced the first feature films by the actors Selton Mello and Matheus Nachtergaele. “The dead girl’s feast” (2008), directed by Nachtergaele, had its world premiere at the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Festival. After the well-succeeded experience in “December” (2008), the partnership between Selton Mello and Bananeira was repeated in “The Clown” (2011) – Mello’s second feature film, which reached 1.5 million viewers in Brazil and was the country's choice to run the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film – and in the upcoming “A movie life”, starring Vincent Cassel, which is based on based on the novel “A Distant Father”, by the Chilean writer Antônio Skármeta.
This year the company released “Kill Me Please” - the first feature by Rio de Janeiro director Anita Rocha da Silveira, premiered at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival - and the anticipated “Whirlpool”, by José Luiz Villamarim, and “Desert”, by Guilherme Weber, at national and international festivals.
The company's co-productions “La playa” (Colombia), “El Ardor” (Argentina) and “Jauja” (Argentina) have been premiered at Cannes Film Festival and the highly anticipated “Zama” (Argentina), by Lucrecia Martel, is to be released soon. The company is currently developing “Os Sertões”, an adaptation of the classic novel by Euclides da Cunha, to be directed by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes, in a co-production with the Portuguese company O Som e a Furia.
In Brazil, Bananeira is currently developing the following projects: “Bitter Red”, “Fogaréu”, and “The World After Its End”, the first features by Alice Gomes, Flávia Neves, and Antônia Pellegrino, respectively, as well as “Serial Kelly”, by Rene Guerra, and the second feature effort by Anita Rocha da Silveira, “Medusa”. The company is also developing five projects for TV.