The First Death of Joana

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General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:A primeira morte de Joana
Festival Programs:Nextwave Global Features
Women & Film
Cine Latino
LGBTQ+ Currents
Women Directors
LGBTQ+ Currents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:91 min
Print Source:Patra Spanou Film
Director:Cristiane Oliveira
Executive Producer:Graziella Ferst
Gina O'Donnel
Producer:Cristiane Oliveira
Aletéia Selonk
Cinematographer:Bruno Polidoro
Screenwriter:Cristiane Oliveira
Sílvia Lourenço (Co-Writer
) Gustavo Galvão (Collaborating Writer)
Editor:Tula Anagnostopoulos
Composer:Arthur de Faria
Principal Cast:Letícia Kacperski
Isabela Bressane
Joana Vieira
Lisa Gertum Becker
Rosa Campos Velho
Pedro Nambuco
Graciela Caputti
Emílio Speck


15+ YA drama (LGBTQ)

Following the death of her beloved great-aunt, 13-year-old Joana grows curious about family secrets. How could her aunt have lived to age 70 without dating anyone? Joana begins an investigation in the provincial Brazilian and uncovers stories about three generations of women in her life. Joana explores their related experiences of love and physical intimacy as mysteries, full of clues but not entirely solvable. At the same time, Joana and her friends are enmeshed in their own coming of age mysteries, starting the awkward path to self-discovery. Coming up against her provincial community’s limited views and oppressions against women’s sexuality, Joana begins to explore new truths and pathways ahead. The second feature from Brazilian writer and filmmaker Christiane Oliveira, The First Death of Joana is an important story about gender and sexuality for young people exploring conflicting community values, desires, and their rights to love with freedom.

Director Biography

Cristiane Oliveira

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Cristiane Oliveira is a producer, writer and director. She has directed the short films “Messalina” (2004) and “Guests” (2009) and the features Mulher do Pai (2016), The First Death of Joana (2021) and the forthcoming Ensemble (2022).