Film Funding

All Projects


Spring Grants 2018

Flavia Castro / Feature Narrative / Brazil, France, Qatar / 100 min / Original Language: French, Portuguese, Spanish / Interests: Coming of age, Drama, Politics, Family, Identity, Exile


Joana is a 15-year-old who feeds her soul with literature and rock. She lives in Paris with her two brothers, mother and stepfather, who were forced into political exile. Her father “disappeared” when Joana was six, suspected to have been killed when imprisoned by the military dictatorship. In 1979 amnesty is granted in Brazil. Overnight and against Joana’s will, her family move back to Rio de Janeiro. In the city of her birth, and where her father disappeared, Joana begins to recover pieces from her fragmented childhood. Different countries and languages blend in violent or nebulous situations. Experiencing sensations from a history shaped by the political choices of her parents and her father’s death, Joana attempts to write her own story in the present tense.


Flavia Castro
Flavia Castro
Walter Salles, Gisela B. Camara, Flavia Castro
Production Company

About the Director

Flavia Castro is a director and scriptwriter with an MA in Cinema from Université Sorbonne, France. She has worked extensively as a scriptwriter and assistant director for films and television documentaries in France and Brazil. 'Diario de Uma Busca' (Diary, Letters, Revolutions) is her first documentary feature film. It has received various international awards and was released in Brazil and France. In 2015, she wrote and directed the episode 'Mathematics' as part of the feature 'El Aula Vacía', produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and screened at South by Southwest, BAFICI, Malaga, Guadalajara and Punta del Este.

Awards and Festival History


"Venice FF 2018, Orizzonti (WP)
Mostra de Sao Paulo 2018
Munich FF 2019"


"Critic Award for Best Film, Biarritz FF 2018
Best Supporting Actress and FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Rio IFF 2018
APC Critics Prize for Best Film, Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema Festival 2018 (Salvador)


  • Main Contact

    Gisela B. Camara

    Tacacá Filmes
    +552137967372 / +5521985450254

Questions regarding this project?


blog comments powered by Disqus