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Valentina

Original Name: Valentina
English Name: Valentina
Year: 2020
Run Time : 95 Min
Language: Brazilian-Portuguese
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Brazil
Director: Cássio Pereira Dos Santos
Producer: Erika Pereira dos Santos
Executive Producers : Natália Brandino, Walder Junior, Hebe Tabachnik
Cast: Thiessa Woinbackk, Guta Stresser, Romulo Braga, Ronaldo Bonafro, Letícia Franco, Pedro Diniz, João Gott
Screenplay: Cássio Pereira Dos Santos
Cinematographer: Leonardo Feliciano
Editor: Alexandre Taira
Sound Designer: Camila Machado
Music Composer: Tuyo and Xan
Costume Designer: Otto Barros, Simara Brandão
Production Designer: Denise Vieira
Production Company: Campo Cerrado
World Sales: Campo Cerrado
World Sales Phone: 55 34 99177.8246
World Sales Email: contato@campocerrado.com.br

Festivals:

  • Ventana Sur 2019
  • Mix Brasil 2020
  • Montreal LGBT 2020
  • Rochester LGBT 2020
  • Sao Paulo IFF 2020
  • Warsaw FF 2020

Director’s Filmography:

  • 2018 Iara (Short)
  • 2014 Marina Não Vai à Praia (Short)
  • 2011 Blue Night Club (Short)
  • 2008 Cidade Void (Short)
  • 2008 The Scarecrow Girl (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Cássio Pereira Dos Santos

Born in 1980 in Patos de Minas, Cássio Pereira dos Santos studied cinema at the University of Brasília, where he directed fiction and documentary projects. After finishing film school in 2003, he wrote and directed eight short films, including A Menina Espantalho and Marina não vai à praia. His works have been selected at several international film festivals, including the Warsaw FF, the OutFest Los Angeles LGBTQ FF, Aspen ShortsFest, Palm Springs, Hamburg Short FF, São Paulo IFF, and more. His works have received more than 50 awards. As a screenwriter, Cássio contributed to films such as Guigo Offline, an LGBTQ feature film for Brazilian television, winner of the Best Brazilian Feature Film Award at Festival Mix Brasil. Valentina is his debut as a director in features.

Synopsis:

Valentina, a 17-year-old girl, moves to the countryside of Brazil with her mother Márcia to start fresh.
To avoid being bullied in her new school, Valentina tries to enrol with her new name and hopes to be private about her gender history. However, the girl and her mother quickly face dilemmas when the local public high school needs a second parental signature for enrolment.
With a real life Trans actor in a lead role, Valentina is a reflection of the real life hardships that society forces a strong young woman to endure and embrace who she is.