Bia Lessa

Bia Lessa is one of the most important performing artist and director in Brazil. Documentary filmmaker Carolina Sá follows the process of Bia Lessa assembling the play Grande Sertão Veredas, from the first actors casting test to the premiere of the play at Sesc of São Paulo. The movie reveals the potency of Bia's work and the relationship she builds with her crew and the actors in the play throughout the rehearsals.

  • Carolina Sá
    Director
    Construction (2012)
  • Carolina Sá
    Writer
    Construction (2012)
  • Fernanda Abreu
    Writer
  • Gabriela Figueiredo
    Producer
  • Bia Lessa
    Key Cast
    "As Herself"
  • Caio Blat
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Luísa Arrães
    Key Cast
    "As Herself"
  • Leon Góes
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
  • Luísa Lemmertz
    Key Cast
    "As Herself"
  • Camila Freitas
    DoP
  • Louise Botkay
    DoP
  • Virgínia Primo
    Editor
  • Marília Morães
    Editor
  • Tiago Tostes
    Sound
  • Cadú Tenório
    Music
  • Doc & Rio Festival Agency
    Festival Agent
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Bia Lessa
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Carolina Sá

Carolina Sá was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1975, studied documentary at New School University in New York. He began his career in 2000 directing and producing a documentary series called Música Libre about the musical universe of five Caribbean countries- Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad & Tobago. The series, co-produced by VideoFilmes, was released in 2003 on Channel GNT and later on Canal Brasil; Short Channel! and on the BET Jazz Channel in the US.
Her first feature film called “Construction” was released in 2012 on cinemas with associated production by director Walter Salles and actress Patricia Pillar. The film premiered at the 35th São Paulo International Film Festival and was screened at various festivals including Cine Sweden, Futuro Cine Salvador-BA and FEMINA (International Women's Festival) where it received the Jury Honorable Mention.
She directed more than 250 documentary films for TV Brasil between 2009 and 2012. In 2012 she was invited to create and direct several programs and documentaries for TV Escola (TV Educativa do Brasil) and TV INES (first channel for deaf people in the country).
Between 2016 and 2018 she wrote and directed eight films about the creative process of Brazilian female artists entitled Onde Nascem As Ideias (Where Ideas Are Born). Those women are film director Paula Gaitán, the poet and designer Mana Bernardes, the singer Juçara Marçal of the band Metá Metá, the director and set designer Bia Lessa, the choreographer Lia Rodrigues, the plastic artists Rosângela Rennó and Sonia Gomes and the teacher of dance and choreographer Angel Vianna. The movies were supported by Ancine Sector Fund and were completed in 2019.

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