Divine Divas


Uptown Theatre Sun, Apr 16, 2017 7:30 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 23, 2017 9:40 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Women and Film
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Art in Pictures
Release Year:2016
Runtime:110 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Movie Documentary (People's Choice) & Felix Award - Festival do Rio
Best Movie Award (People's Choice) & Best Director - Fest Aruanda do Audiovisual Brasileiro
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Brazilian Films
Director:Leandra Leal
Producer:Carol Benjamin
Cinematographer:David Pacheco
Screenwriter:Leandra Leal
Carol Benjamin
Lucas Paraizo
Natara Ney
Editor:Natara Ney
Composer:Plínio Profeta
Principal Cast:Brigitte Buzios
Luiz de Castro
Fujica de Holliday
Miguel Falabella
Bibi Ferreira
Aderbal Freire Filho
Camille K.
Ney Latorraca
Berta Loran
Filmography:Debut Feature


Come celebrate the opening screening of Divine Divas with us at the Divine Divas Cocktail Party on April 16 at 5:00pm at Sushi Tango. Join us for complimentary appetizers and Happy Hour pricing for food and drinks. Surprise guest appearance!

Director Leandra Leal brings an affectionate eye to this documentary feature about the history of Rio de Janeiro’s brilliant cross-dressing community who refer to themselves as divas. Leal, whose grandfather ran the Teatro Rival years ago, has heard stories and knew many of the iconic divas as a child, watching from the wings. When her grandfather died, his daughter, Angela (the director’s mother), took over in the 1970s, working closely with the divas to help make the Rival a home for their incredible performances, which challenged the country’s strict social mores in the 1970s. Divine Divas follows many of the great performers she knew as a child, who reunite to help celebrate the Rival’s 70th anniversary celebration. Leal has crafted a compelling film that is at once compassionate, endearing, and thoroughly entertaining. As one of the divas proclaims, “Art is too divine to be normal!”

Director’s Biography

Leandra Leal has been acting since a young age, but came to worldwide attention at age 13 with The Oyster and the Wind, for which she won the best actress award at the Biarritz Film Festival in 1997. She was born and raised in Rio di Janeiro. Divine Divas is her debut as a director.

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