SCREENWRITER: Juliana Antunes
SOUND: Marcela Santos, Pedro Durães
CAST: Andreia Pereira de Sousa, Leid Ferreia, Felipe Rangel
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Fernanda de Sena
EDITOR: Affonso Uchôa, Rita M. Pestana
PRODUCERS: Juliana Antunes, Camila Bahia Braga, Marcella Jacques, Laura Godoy, Fernanda Brescia
DISTRIBUTORS: Ventura, Filmes de Plástico
CONTACT: Thiago Macêdo | firstname.lastname@example.org
Baronesa takes place in a slum neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte and follows Andreia and Leid’s everyday life. The first one is seen working, resting, bathing, chatting with her friends. In spite of the unusual placidity of the days, there is a violent background lurking: showdowns of drug trafficking gangs are felt and sometimes enunciated in the dialogues. Described like that, Baronesa may seem a gloomy film. It is not. The characters’ dignity shines from beginning to end, and although the austerity imposed by their own economic condition is shown shot after shot, Antunes records moments of great beauty. The leisure of the dispossessed may be uncomfortable and thus clash with the preconceived ideas about the right to rest and the relationship of pleasure with wealth. Think of In Vanda’s Room, by Costa, but without the pessimism and the claustrophobia. Baronesa’s vitalism is almost a miracle.
Born in 1989, graduated in Filmmaking at UNA University, in Belo Horizonte, Juliana is a founding partner at Ventura, with Marcella Jacques and Laura Godoy. Baronesa is her first film as a director, having previous experiences as assistant director of important Brazilian films.