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Medusa

Directed by
Anita Rocha da Silveira

Status . Completed

Country . Brazil

Original Title . Medusa

Year . 2021

Language . Brazilian Portuguese

US Release . Music Box


Runtime . 127

Genre . Drama

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

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“The audacity of de Silveira’s concept
and her deliberately over-thetop aesthetic
render “Medusa” a compelling mixed bag.”

“An original, provocative voice
(...), satirical, amusing, stylish
and strange, a nod to Kubrick,
Argento and John Carpenter,
all at once.”

“A rising talent and a bold
and imaginative filmmaker who
manages to re-engineer genre norms.”