Ursula Marini was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1980. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication (Journalism) at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, bachelor’s degree in Film Directing at the International School of Film and Television from Cuba (EICTV) and a master’s degree in Scriptwriting for film and television from the Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain) with a scholarship from The Carolina Foundation.
In June 2019, Ursula was selected to attend to the “Sounds of Summer”, a workshop in Barcelona with the Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel with filmmakers from around the world. In August 2019, Ursula was part of an international jury in Bolívia, in a Program created by the Bolivian Government's Funds, in the calls for Film Project Development and Feature Post-Production Projects.
Ursula worked in TV Globo for ten years. There, she has participated in several screenwriting workshops with renowned names such as Robert McKee, Alan Kingsberg, Guillermo Arriaga, Daniel Burman and John Truby and has held different roles, always in the area of Dramaturgy. She joined TV Globo in 2010, as an assistant director on the soap operas “Destiny river”, “Hail, George”, “Old river” and the TV series “Mr Brau.” In 2012, she was part of a Creative Analysis Department, directed by José Carvalho, responsible for reading and analyzing the dramaturgy projects produced and exhibited by TV Globo. In 2016, she directed the making-of of the international TV show “Supermax”, a co-production from Estúdios Globo and Oficina Burman (Argentina). In 2018, she joined the writer’s room of “Palma’s rice”, a soap-opera written by Edmara Barbosa and Bruno Luperi.
Parallel, she develops her personal projects in her company Umacine. In 2019 she created a photographic essay called “Sacred Cosmogony”, where she reflects on her roots and family heritage. The pictures of her and her parents were taken with an old analogic camera that belonged to her grandfather.
In 2017, Ursula wrote and directed the short film entitled A fazenda (The farm), sponsored by RioFilme and the Centro Técnico do Audiovisual do Ministério da Cultura (CTAv). The short film had its soundtrack composed by Egberto Gismonti.