Petra costa: director, screenwriter and producer
She first directed the short film undertow eyes (2009) which screened at the moma and was winner of best short film at rio film festival, cine las americas international film festival, london international documentary festival among others.
She then directed the feature elena (2012) which premiered at idfa, followed by sxsw and hotdocs.
Elena won many prizes such as best film at havana film festival (2013), was nominated for best cinematography at the 2014 cinema eye honors and was the most watched documentary in brazil in 2013.
Five questions with elena director petra costa
Juggling found footage, voiceovers, interviews, and visual metaphors with effortless aplomb, elena maintains the utmost intimacy despite the far-reaching chronology and geography of its subject.
Elena is a love letter to her lost soul of a sister, and costa’s gaze is as honest in its examination as its reverence.