Anita Rocha da Silveira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She wrote, directed and edited three short-films: The Noon Vampire (2008), Handball (2010, FIPRESCI Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen), and The Living Dead (2012, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection). 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. Her 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 International Film Festival (Best Film), IndieLisboa (Special Jury Award), Rio Film Festival (Best Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress), Palm Springs International Film Festival (Honor Mention), Raindance Film Festival (Best International Film), Viennale, Jeonju International Film Festival and IFFR. In 2023, Anita was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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