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LEVANTE - Power Alley  (2023 | BR/FR/UY | 99mins)
World Sales - M-appeal 

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LEVANTE - Power Alley  (2023 | BR/FR/UY | 99mins)
World Sales - M-appeal 

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LEVANTE - Power Alley  (2023 | BR/FR/UY | 99mins)
World Sales - M-appeal 

Synopsis
On the eve of a future-defining championship, promising volleyball player Sofia (17) is faced with an unwanted pregnancy. Seeking an illegal termination, she becomes the target of a fundamentalist group determined to stop her at any cost – but neither Sofia nor those who love her are willing to surrender to the blind fervor of the swarm.

Premiere in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2023, FIPRESCI AWARD. 

Levante is produced by Arissas (Brazil), Manjericão Filmes (Brazil), In Vivo Films (France) and Cimarrón (Uruguay). 

Sales: M-Appeal Germany.


 Awards
* 2024 IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam - BEST YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD 
* 2024 Bergamo Film Meeting - 1st. BEST FILM AWARD
* 2024 La Pan African Film Festival- BEST FIRST FILM AWARD
* 2023 PSFF - Palm Springs Film Fest- BEST IBERO-AMERICAN FILM AWARD 
* 2023  Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana - BEST FIRST FILM AWARD
* 2023 Queer Streifen- BEST FILM AUDIENCE AWARD 
* 2023 FestAruanda, Brazil - BEST FILM, BEST SCRIPT, BEST LEADING CAST, BEST SUPPORTING CAST, BEST SOUND, BEST COSTUME DESIGN
* 2023 Huelva, Spain -  BEST FILM (Camilo Award), BEST FILM (Amma Award)
* 2023 Braunschweig, Germany - BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR, Tilda Award
* 2023 Mix Brasil - BEST FILM, BEST CAST, PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Ayomi Domenica)
* 2023  Montreal IFF New Cinema - BEST LGBTQIA+ FILM (FIERTÉ AWARD) 
* 2023 Festival do Rio - BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EDITOR
* 2023 Biarritz Amerique Latine - BEST FILM
* 2023 Semaine de La Critique, Cannes - FIPRESCI AWARD, Best Film Parallel Section 

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"A celebration of queer sorority in the face of Brazilian conservatism."

Screendaily

"Pop, sexy and sporty manifesto on queer sorority"

(Telerama)

"Powerful manifesto on gender, diversity and freedom"

Scream & Yell

"A mature debut film. Halla really has something to say. No wonder that the film stood out"

Estadão, Brasil

Menarca, 2020 - shortfilm

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MENARCA (BR | 23mins  | short film)
Available at MUBI worldwide and Canal+ (France)

MENARCA (BR | 23mins  | short film)
Available at MUBI worldwide and Canal+ (France)

Menarca (22'/Brazil/ 2020)  

Produced by Ensaio de Orquestra and Ano Zero 
 

Synopsis
In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman's net, they learn what might be their ultimate protection.

Premiere in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2020, 
Licensed by Canal+ and MUBI.  

Awards and Screenings
World Premiere in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2020 at the Cinemathéque Française, Prague Cinematheque, Morelia Film Festival.

Winner of the Grand Prize Best Short film Award - Oscar qualified
Nouveau Cinema Montreal l Official Selection,
Kurzfilmtage Winterthur l Official Selection, *Promotional Award,  
Festival Biarritz Amerique Latine l
Official Selection, Curta Cinema l Official Selection - * Best Director Award,
Bogoshorts l Official Selection,
Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana
Official Selection, Festival de Tiradentes l Official Selection
Panorama Coisa de Cinema  l Official Selection

Tampere International Film Festival l Official Selection International Competition
Glasgow Short Film Festival 2020 l Official Selection Scared Shortless
Glasgow Short Film Festival 2024 l Official Selection Folklore 
Cinelatino de Toulose * Best Short Film -Audience Award
Seattle International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Brussels Film Festival
São Paulo Short Film Festival .

 

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"Menarca is a biting film on every level, a reinterpretation of the myth of the vagina dentata ("the toothed vagina") and a welcomed feminist call to arms. The poison of toxic masculinity threatens Nanã and Mel, who are saved by a fish and a woman: Lillah Halla’s perfect high-wire act between the magic realism of a fairytale and a realistic, stifling atmosphere (ageless, though it echoes present-day Brazil) infers the very essence and turns up the heat before the punk explosion finale.​"

(Léo Soesanto, critic and short film coordinator Semaine de la Critique Cannes)

"For the mastery use of feminine imagery charged with a very poetical but in the same time meaningful atmosphere.  "

​(Award Statement from the Jury- Best Short Film Award- GOLDEN OWL at TIFF -Tirana).

"This is a biting film indeed, chewing toxic masculinity in Brazil to spit it out in a loud punk scream. The film finds a perfect balance between magical realism and a realistic setting to deliver a very timely warning. The jury gives the Promotional Award to «Menarca» by Lillah Halla to ensure that the director’s voice will be heard.”​

(Award statement from the Jury- Kurzfilmtage Winterthur )

about

Lillah Halla is a Brazilian director and screenwriter. Graduated in Directing and Scriptwriting at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de Cuba (2010- 2014), followed by a research program in experimental cinema, at the Dpt. of Fine Arts of the Concordia, Montreal (2014).  Lillah was an Academy Filmmaker in Locarno 2014, a TIFF Lab Fellow/ Share her Journey Fellow 2020, a Berlinale Talent in 2021 and a artist resident at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and a Talent Paradiso, Brazil 2022. 

 

Levante (BR/ FR/UY |2023 |99 mins  Lillah´s debut feature, has recently premiered at Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2023, where it received the FIPRESCI Award. It has received more than 20 awards worldwide and is currently distributed in more than 15 territories worldwide.

 

Menarca (BR |2020 |23 mins  ), Lillah´s short film, premiered at Semaine de La Critique Cannes 2020, having been awarded the licensing to Canal+.  The short was awarded and premiered worldwide.  Featured as MUBI film of the day in 2022. 

Flehmen (GER/FR/BR |in development), her second feature, is a German production and is currently under development.  A Chromosom Film Production.  The project was part of Junge Akademie program at Akademie der Künste - Berlin ( 2021-2024), Sam Spiegel Film Lab (JSFL) in 2022 and Full Circle Lab in 2022.

 

Lillah has been collaborated with other works in theater and film: she was script consultant for Rule 34 (Golden Leopard at Locarno 2022), script consultant and line producer in Island of the Hungry Ghosts (Best Documentary Tribeca 2019, Nominated for the Spirits Award 2020), co-writer in Ensaio (Forum Berlinale 2019, commissioned by the São Paulo Biennial 2018), co-dramaturg for play Stabat Mater (Best National Dramaturgy Award - Shell Brazil 2020). Lillah is also the co-founder of the São Paulo-based film collective Vermelha, a political project for women / queer filmmakers in Brazil since 2014.

 

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Filmography

FLEHMEN (GER feature film), in development 

Produced by Chromosom Film- Berlin.

*Full Circle Lab- Nouvelle Acquitaine, Sam Spiegel JSFL, Akademie der Künste 

LEVANTE (Brazil/France/Uruguay 2023), feature film

Produced by Arissas (Brazil), Manjericão Filmes (Brazil), In Vivo Films (France) and Cimarrón (Uruguay). 

Sales: M-Appeal Germany.

Premiere in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2023, FIPRESCI AWARD. 

Awards

 2024 IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam - BEST YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD 

2024 Bergamo Film Meeting - 1st. BEST FILM AWARD

2024 La Pan African Film Festival- BEST FIRST FILM AWARD

2023 PSFF - Palm Springs Film Fest- BEST IBERO-AMERICAN FILM AWARD 

2023  Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana - BEST FIRST FILM AWARD

2023 Queer Streifen- BEST FILM AUDIENCE AWARD 

2023 FestAruanda, Brazil - BEST FILM, BEST SCRIPT, BEST LEADING CAST, BEST SUPPORTING CAST, BEST SOUND, BEST COSTUME DESIGN

2023 Huelva, Spain -  BEST FILM (Camilo Award), BEST FILM (Amma Award)

2023 Braunschweig, Germany - BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR, Tilda Award

2023 Mix Brasil - BEST FILM, BEST CAST, PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Ayomi Domenica)

2023  Montreal IFF New Cinema - BEST LGBTQIA+ FILM (FIERTÉ AWARD) 

2023 Festival do Rio - BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EDITOR

2023 Biarritz Amerique Latine - BEST FILM

2023 Semaine de La Critique, Cannes - FIPRESCI AWARD, Best Film Parallel Section 

 

WENN ICH NICHT TANZEN KANN, IST DAS NICHT MEINE REVOLUTION (Germany/Brazil, 2023), short film in post production. 

Produced by Chromosom Film- Julia Niethammer with the support of Nordmedia and Kulturstiftung Hannover und Region.

 

Menarca (22'/Brazil/ 2020)  

Produced by Ensaio de Orquestra and Ano Zero

Licensed by Canal+ and MUBI.  

* World Premiere in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2020 at the Cinemathéque Française, Prague Cinematheque, Morelia Film Festival.

*Festivals: Nouveau Cinema Montreal l Official Selection, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur l Official Selection, *Promotional Award,  Festival Biarritz Amerique Latine l Official Selection, Curta Cinema l Official Selection - * Best Director Award, Bogoshorts l Official Selection, Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana l Official Selection, Festival de Tiradentes l Official Selection,  Panorama Coisa de Cinema  l Official Selection, Tampere International Film Festival l Official Selection International Competition , Glasgow Short Film Festival l Selection Scared Shortless,  Cinelatino de Toulose * Best Short Film -Audience Award;  Seattle International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Brussels Film Festival, São Paulo Short Film Festival . Winner of the Grand Prize Best Short film (GOLDEN OWL) in Tirana Film Festival, now Academy Award (Oscar Qualified - ongoing). Upcoming ones to be announced soon! Menarca is nominated to the Grand Brazilian Film Award (ongoing), nominated to the Best Script Award ( Abra - ongoing).

If I can´t dance, this is not my Revolution  (16'/Cuba/2014)

Produced by EICTV/Cuba.

* Awarded Best Film (FEPEC Prize, Janela do Cinema de Recife), Best Experimental Film (Festival des Films du Monde - Montreal) and Best Director (Semana dos Realizadores - Rio de Janeiro)

* Official Selection Biarritz Amerique Latine International Competition, Films du Monde Montreal, Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Semana dos Realizadores, RJ, Brazil, Drama Film Festival Greece, Uruguay International Film Festival 

*Locarno Academy Screening 2014

Collaborations

Rule 34  (90'/Brazil/2022)

Script consultant. Directed by Júlia Murat. 

*Golden Leopard 2022 in Locarno. 

O Ensaio (51'/Brazil/2019)

Co-writer. Directed by Tamar Guimarães.Produced by São Paulo Biennial of Arts, Danish Arts Council

* Commissioned by the São Paulo Biennial of Arts 2018

* Premiere at the Berlinale Forum Expanded 2019. 

 

Island of Hungry Ghosts (98'/Australia/Germany/2018)

Script consultant and Line Producer. Directed by Gabrielle Brady. Produced by Chromossom Film (Germany), Samm Hailay (UK), Sarah Perks (Australia) and The Guardian (UK)

* Nominated for Independent Spirits Award 2020

* Awarded Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival; Human Rights Award at IDFA; Buyens-Chagoll Award at Vision du Reel; Special Jury Mention at Edinburgh Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at Mumbai International Film Festival

Fremdverstümmelung (30´Germany 2007)

Camera and editor of the short film. Directed by Christoph Schlingensief, in the frame of the Freax Opera in Bonn. 

Theater

Theater collaborations (selection)

Cam Girl 1001 nights- trial version Under development (Brazil)

Co-dramaturg. Directed by Janaína Leite. 

Stabat Mater (CCSP, São Paulo, Brazil 2019) 

Co-dramaturg and director to the cinematic content. Directed by Janaína Leite. 

* Awarded Best National Dramaturgy ( Prêmio Shell de Melhor Dramaturgia 2020) 

Cinema Falado  (Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo, 2018)

Co-director and scriptwriter as Coletivo Vermelha.

Der Fliegender Holländer (Teatro Amazonas, Manaus 2007)

Video-editor. Directed by Christoph Schlingensief.

Freax (Bethovenfest Bonn  2007)

Video-editor. Directed by Christoph Schlingensief. From this Intervention the film Fremdverstümmelung was born.

Trem Fantasma, Prototyp einer Operngeisterbahn (Sesc Belenzinho, 2007)

Video-director. Directed by Christoph Schlingensief.

Anjo Negro  (Volksbühne Berlin, Sesc Vila Mariana, Theaterformen 2007)

Video-director. Directed by Frank Castorf. 

Os Sertões  (Teatro Oficina, 2004)

Video-director. Directed by José Celso Martinez Correa.  

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Labs, Residencies

2022 Akademie der Künste, Berlin 

2022 First Cut Lab, Nouvelle Acquitaine

2022 Sam Spiegel Lab JSFL

2021 Full Circle Lab, Nouvelle Acquitaine

2021 Akademie der Künste, Berlin 

2021 Berlinale Talents

2020 NEXT STEP Semaine de La Critique

2020 TIFF Filmmakers Lab, Toronto International Film Festival

2020 Cast und Cut Stipendium Nordmedia und Kulturstiftung Hannover und Region

2020 Talents Buenos Aires

2019 Berlinale Coproduction Market

2018 Fundación Carolina, Madrid

2018 Sesc Novas Histórias

2018 Cinemundi BH

2018 Bafici Bal  Buenos Aires

2017 Tribeca Script-doctoring Award
2016 Brlab - Latin american Script Lab. Awarded
2015 Locarno Film Academy (with Agnes Varda, Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, among others)

2014 Talents Guadalajara
2013 Ibaff Film Festival Filmmakers Lab, workshop with Abbas Kiarostami.

2012 Process Cinema Lab, Phillip Hoffman, Film Farm Ontario
2009 Actors Directing- Meissner Method, with Larry Silverberg. São Paulo.

2007 Artistic Residency at the Watermill Theater Institute from Theater director Robert Wilson. USA.

PRESS - LEVANTE - coming soon! 

PRESS -  MENARCA 

At its core, Menarca reinterprets and revisits masculine myths and fantasies: “the toothed vagina” as a fear of castration, of course; the Brazilian legend of the pink dolphin, in which the animal takes on human form to seduce; the word “piranha” itself. “In the case of piranhas, we could say that in Brazil they’re the cultural representation of the monstrous feminine.” explains the director, Lillah Halla. “The word piranha is a feminine noun, and not only that, in Brazilian Portuguese, it’s a derogatory way to call a sexually active woman, something like ‘slut’ or ‘whore’. ‘Piranha woman’. We're talking about teeth and sexuality again.”

 

Through a strange piranha-woman, Menarca conveys Lillah Halla’s taste for chimeras, these hybrid beings, and the way they challenge stereotypes: “hybrid beings are symbolic creatures born of cultural anguish. When they appear, they throw a wrench in the system as they can’t fit into any classification, threatening the status quo and its binarism. They are transgressors who see the possibility of an unthinkable future”.

 

In the film, transgression is bound to be an ordeal, for the whole village as well as the two protagonists. With its political undertones, Menarca’ is an initiation ritual, but also a cry for freedom from two children in a hostile environment. I believe that when the governing mechanisms are oppressive, transgression is an attempt at survival. And for me, it’s essential that this premise materializes in the film, especially in light of what we are currently living in Brazil. Of course, the resolution Nanã finds to deal with conflict is magical and couldn’t be applied didactically... But as a storyteller, I believe in the strength of symbols, in the power that images and stories exert.”

(Interview by Léo Seosanto, critic and short film coordinator of Semaine de la Critique Cannes)

Semaine de la Critique 2020 - interview with Léo Seosanto

 

RFI France 2020

Deutsche Welle - video portrait during Berlinale Talents 2021

Folha de São Paulo 2020

 


 

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