The First Death of Joana

The First Death of Joana

2DCS/ES15
Director:Cristiane Oliveira
Cast:Leticia Kasperski, Isabela Bressane, Joana Vieira, Lisa Gertum Becker
Premiere:5. November 2021
Length:91 minutes
Genre:Drama

Director: Cristiane Oliveira  •  Cast: Leticia Kasperski, Isabela Bressane, Joana Vieira, Lisa Gertum Becker, Emilio Speck, Pedro Nambuco, Rosa Campos Velho, Graciale Caputti

Joana is a curious thirteen-year-old girl who, together with her best friend Carolina, starts digging into the family history. Driven by the desire to discover why her favourite grand-auntie lived alone and never had a boyfriend, Joana starts unraveling the stories of the women in her family and asking herself new questions. She takes the first step into the adult world, but she doesn‘t fully understand it yet. And when gossip about Carolina kissing a girl starts spreading in the conservative Brazilian countryside, the dynamics between the girls gradually changes. Follow Joana on her path to sexual awakening in the fragile setting of a family dealing with a loss. Sincere, sensitive and with breathtaking acting by the teenage protagonists, the film is filled with mystery and tenderness and offers a brilliant reflection of stories and values passed from generation to generation, and of the fact that we sometimes cannot understand them easily.

Length: 91 min

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 5. November 2021
World premiere date: 5. November 2021

Country of origin:

  • France
  • Brazil

Director: Cristiane Oliveira  •  Cast: Leticia Kasperski, Isabela Bressane, Joana Vieira, Lisa Gertum Becker, Emilio Speck, Pedro Nambuco, Rosa Campos Velho, Graciale Caputti

Joana is a curious thirteen-year-old girl who, together with her best friend Carolina, starts digging into the family history. Driven by the desire to discover why her favourite grand-auntie lived alone and never had a boyfriend, Joana starts unraveling the stories of the women in her family and asking herself new questions. She takes the first step into the adult world, but she doesn‘t fully understand it yet. And when gossip about Carolina kissing a girl starts spreading in the conservative Brazilian countryside, the dynamics between the girls gradually changes. Follow Joana on her path to sexual awakening in the fragile setting of a family dealing with a loss. Sincere, sensitive and with breathtaking acting by the teenage protagonists, the film is filled with mystery and tenderness and offers a brilliant reflection of stories and values passed from generation to generation, and of the fact that we sometimes cannot understand them easily.

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 5. November 2021
World premiere date: 5. November 2021

Country of origin:

  • France
  • Brazil
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