Medusa

  • 127'
  • Brazil
  • 2021

Mariana is 21 and lives in a religious community, where she does her best to be the ideal woman: beautiful and docile. In the evenings, she and her friends express their religiosity in other ways. In town, they hunt down women with looser morals and teach them a lesson. When Mariana no longer fits the perfect picture herself, however, her belief is shaken.

This retelling of the Medusa myth places themes such as misogyny and beauty standards in a modern, stylised setting. The soundtrack is a mix of contemporary religious pop and synthesizers straight out of a 1970’s thriller, while the visuals are reminiscent of the work of Dario Argento. The disquieting events in the film, such as the paramilitary neighbourhood watch and the religious fanaticism, are unfortunately taken from real life, not the maker’s fantasy. Rocha da Silveira explicitly situates her dystopian parable in today’s Brazil, where the political reality is frightening enough as it is.

Director
Anita Rocha da Silveira
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
127'
Medium
DCP
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Vânia Catani
Production Company
Bananeira Filmes
Sales
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Screenplay
Anita Rocha da Silveira
Cinematography
João Atala
Editor
Marilia Moraes
Production Design
Dina Salem Levy
Sound Design
Bernardo Uzeda
Music
Bernardo Uzeda, Anita Rocha da Silveira
Cast
Mari Oliveira, Lara Tremouroux, Joana Medeiros, Felipe Frazão, Bruna G, Carol Romano, João Vithor Oliveira