Spring Grants 2018
Current project status: COMPLETED
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
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.
Production Company Profile
Videofilmes is a Brazilian independent production and distribution company known for the high technical and artistic quality of its work. Founded in 1987 by brothers Walter Salles and João Moreira Salles, Videofilmes produces feature films, documentaries, and television series. As a result of its achievements, Videofilmes has won more than 300 national and international awards. Among them, the Golden Bear for Best Film for 'Central Station' (Central do Brasil) in 1998, Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes also for 'Central Station', the Golden Lion award at the 2001 Venice Film Festival for 'Behind the Sun' (Abril Despedaçado), and the Palme d'Or for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for Sandra Corveloni in 'Linha de Passe'.
Tacacá Filmes is a Brazilian independent production company based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We develop and produce feature films and TV projects with various directors. We enjoy and are used to working in partnership with other companies, both in Brazil and abroad.
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)