MEDUSA World Cinema


Anita Rocha da Silveira (KILL ME PLEASE) returns to AFI FEST with MEDUSA, a modern horror-satire that fiercely critiques evangelical fanaticism in a Brazil which draws eerie comparisons to American society. Mariana (played with verve by Mari Oliveira) is part of a Christian girl gang that roughs up women they deem to be sinners and posts humiliating videos of their repentance to social media. Mariana is on a mission to find ultimate sinner, Melissa, a liberated woman who’s gone missing. MEDUSA pays homage to Argento-esque supernatural horror and is a clever play on tropes surrounding the eponymously fabled creature. With an infectious score and a vibrant aesthetic, da Silveira continues her streak of merging the darkly morbid with the sublimely feminine. –Julia Kipnis

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anita Rocha da Silveira has written and directed three short films: THE NOON VAMPIRE (2008), HANDBALL (2010) and THE LIVING DEAD (2012). Her first feature KILL ME PLEASE (2015) screened at AFI FEST and the Venice International Film Festival, among others. Her sophomore feature MEDUSA played in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Country: Brazil

Year: 2021

Director: Anita Rocha da Silveira

Screenwriter: Anita Rocha da Silveira

Producer: Vania Catani

Executive Producer: Tarcila Jacob

Director of Photography: João Atala

Editor: Marilia Moraes

Production Designer: Dina Salem Levy

Music: Bernardo Uzeda, Anita Rocha da Silveira

Cast/Featuring: Mari Oliveira, Lara Tremouroux, Joana Medeiros, Felipe Frazão, Bruna G

Running Time (minutes): 128

Language: Portuguese