Anita Rocha da Silveira



Brazilian filmmaker Anita Rocha da Silveira’s sophomore feature MEDUSA (2021) premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. It went on to participate in festivals such as TIFF, Sitges Film Festival (Best Direction - New Vision Section), Tromsø Int. Film Festival (Best Film), IndieLisboa (Special Jury Award), Rio Film Festival (Best Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress), Raindance Film Festival (Best International Film), Palm Springs Film Festival (Honor Mention), Viennale, Jeonju Int. Film Festival and IFFR. MEDUSA was developed with the support of Torino Film Lab (ScriptLab 2017) and Berlinale Talents (Script Station 2017). Her first feature KILL ME PLEASE (2015) was screened at the Orizzonti section at Venice Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, IndieLisboa, Filmfest München, Gotebörg Film Festival, Cali Film Festival (Best Film), Rio Film Festival (Best Direction and Best Actress), among others. Prior to her full-length features, Anita wrote, 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, Directors’ Fortnight selection). Anita was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro.

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