MEDUSA Feminist Fantasy Horror Film

MEDUSA Feminist Fantasy Horror Film

Brazilian Filmmaker Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Long-Awaited Follow-Up to 2015’s Acclaimed KILL ME PLEASE Offers a Searing and Stylish Critique of Puritanical Patriarchy

Official Selection: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, and AFI Fest

Mari and her friends broadcast their spiritual devotion through pastel pinks and catchy evangelical songs about purity and perfection, but underneath it all they harbor a deep rage. By day they hide behind their manicured facade, and by night they form a masked, vigilante girl gang, prowling the streets in search of sinners who have deviated from the rightful path. After an attack goes wrong, leaving Mari scarred and unemployed, her views of community, religion, and her peers begin to shift. Nightmares of repressed desires and haunting visions of alluring temptation become undeniable and the urge to scream and release her paralyzing inner demons is more powerful than ever before. A neon-tinged genre-bender that gives provocative form to the overwhelming feminine fury coursing through modern life, MEDUSA dares us not to look away.

"Compelling... a queasily satirical take on matters of sex and violence among emotionally flammable youth... [with an] explicit sociopolitical critique."
—Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Da Silveira sets a tone that nimbly flows between comedy, mystery and discomforting satire.”
—Demetrious Matheou, Screen Daily

“An electrifying work of art.”
—Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat

"There’s plenty to like here: gorgeous cinematography... propulsive synth beats... and stellar performances."
—Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage


Written & Directed by: Anita Rocha da Silveira

Starring: Mari Oliveria, Lara Tremouroux, Joana Medeiros, Felipe Frazão, Bruna G, Carol Romano, João Vithor Oliveira, Bruna Linzmeter, and Thiago Fragoso

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