CAST AND CREW:

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Thiessa Woinbackk

Actress (Valentina)

Thiessa Woinbackk is a trans woman born in the city of Catalão, in the state of Goiás. She has a degree in biology and was part of a theater group for three years in her hometown. Currently, Thiessa lives in São Paulo, where she runs the influential and growing YouTube channel "Thiessita", with more than 770 thousand followers and about 50 million views. She is also a trans rights activist and publishes videos on topics such as civil rights, beauty and the importance of self-acceptance for LGBTQ teenagers. "Valentina" is her film debut.

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Guta Stresser

Actress (Márcia)

Guta Stresser started at the theater in Curitiba, at the age of 13. Since then, she has had several works recognized by the public and critics, including films, TV shows and plays. Guta stood out for playing the character "Bebel Carrara" from the series "A Grande Família", by Rede Globo. She also has several important films on her resume, such as "Nina", by Heitor Dhália.

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Ronaldo Bonafro

Actor (Júlio)

Ronaldo Bonafro started studying theater in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo,  where he attended two schools of interpretation and theatrical some free courses, such as: "The body that thinks", "Construction of Narrative" and "Dramatic Image".

Currently, at the age of 21, he lives in Uberlândia-MG, and studies Theater at UFU (Federal University of Uberlândia).

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Letícia Franco

Actress (Amanda)

Until she joined the cast of "Valentina", Leticia had no professional experience as an actress - only in amateur performances at school. But she was always interested in the acting field and discovered that Valentina's team was casting at UFU - Federal University of Uberlândia - which ended up being an opportunity to debut in the cinema. Currently, Letícia is 21 years old and studies design at UFU. "I never imagined that I would participate in a feature film, but that was great for me as a person and also the fulfillment of a dream."

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Rômulo Braga

Actor (Renato)

Rômulo was born in the city of Brasília. In childhood, however, he settled with his family in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. He started doing theater when he was a teenager, encouraged by school teachers. Among his main projects is the play Aqueles Dois, under the collective direction of Compania Luna Lunera, for which he won the Usiminas-Sinparc Trophy for Best Actor, and also other awarded Works of Love Lost, by Companhia Lúdica dos Atores. Debuted at the cinema in Sonhos e Desejos (2006), by Marcelo Santiago, a feature film selection at the Gramado Festival that year. He stood out mainly in the films Mutum (2007), by Sandra Kogut, highlight of the festivals of Cannes, Berlin and Rotterdam, and Sangue Azul (2014), by Lírio Ferreira, which won him the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Rio Festival.

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Pedro Diniz

Actor (Marco)

 

Researcher and Script Consultant

Pedro is a 25 years old trans actor. Born and raised in the state of Minas Gerais. He is graduated in publicity and advertising, and currently lives in Brasília, where he also works as a data analyst. Before his affinity with behavior studies on social networks, comes the passion for cinema. He likes imagining screenplays for fun. He worked as a researcher for the “Valentina” script consulting process and had the opportunity to be on a set for the first time during the recording of Campo Cerrado's short film “Iara”. For Pedro, Valentina was the opportunity to “live a few days within a dream”.

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Cássio Pereira dos Santos

Writer and Director

Born in 1980 in Patos de Minas, and also with origins in Cruzeiro da Fortaleza (MG), Cássio Pereira dos Santos studied cinema at the University of Brasília, where he directed fiction and documentaries. He wrote and directed eight short films, including The Scarecrow Girl and Marina's Ocean. His films have been selected at several international film festivals, including the Warsaw Film Festival, OutFest Los Angeles, Aspen ShortsFest, Palm Springs, Hamburg Short Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival, Prix Jeunesse Munich, Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Tiradentes Film Festival, Molodist Kiev, Durban Film Festival and others. His works have received more than 70 awards. As a screenwriter, Cássio contributed to films such as Guigo Offline, directed by René Guerra for Brazilian television, winner of the Best Brazilian Feature Film Award at the Mix Brasil Festival. In 2017, his feature screenplay “A Terra e os Sonhos” was a finalist in the Cabíria Screenplay Award. “Valentina”, his debut as a director in feature films, was selected to 60 film festivals. The film won 21 international awards and has assured distribution in Spain, Sweden and Japan. The feature has just been released on Netflix Brasil and Netflix Latinoamérica. Recently, Cássio was selected by the Berlinale Talents 2021 program, Buenos Aires edition. Currently, the director and screenwriter works on the development of his second feature (Temporada de Fogo)

and ideas for television series.

Click here to visit his website.

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Erika Pereira dos Santos

Producer and Casting Director

Érika Pereira dos Santos studied Theater at the Faculty of Arts Dulcina de Moraes, in Brasília, city where she worked for more than 10 years. She was a producer and assistant director in several works, including short and feature films. She produced the films "A Menina Espantalho", "Marina não vai à praia", among other shorts by her brother Cássio Pereira dos Santos. These films have been selected by more than 200 festivals worldwide. Also, she was part of the production team of several feature films, such as “Faroeste Caboclo” by René Sampaio (based on the song by Renato Russo), “Até que a Casa Caia” by Mauro Giuntini, “À Espera de Liz”, by Bruno Torres, “Insolação” by Felipe Hirsch and Daniela Thomas, among others. One of the founders at Campo Cerrado Produções, Erika is currently overseeing the release of Valentina, the production company's first feature.

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Natália Brandino

Executive Producer

Partner and Executive Producer of Kocria Audiovisual. Bachelor of Business Administration (2011), Postgraduate in Marketing and Value Chain (2013) - UniCEUB, Postgraduate in Cinema and Audiovisual Language - Estácio Sá (2017) and MBA in Controllership and Finance - UDF (2018). Since 2011 she has worked in the areas of production, finance and research of audiovisual works. She joined the production team if films such as Eduardo and Mônica (2019) and performed

the role of controller of films such as Uma Loucura de Mulher (2016) and The Last Drive-in Theater (2015). She is one of Valentina's executive producer and provides financial advisory services for several projects.

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Walder Júnior

Executive Producer

Graduated in Data Processing (Católica de Brasília, 1999), he specialized in management for internet projects (2000). In 2012, he became a Bachelor in filmmaking at IESB. For 6 years, he worked as a producer and consultant in digital media at Ligocki Entertainment. He is a founding partner of Kocria Produções. Among his main works are: Post-Production Assistant in O Último Cine Drive-In (2015), by Iberê Carvalho; Production Assistant in Uma Loucura de Mulher (2016), by Marcus Ligocki Jr; Executive Producer at Núcleo Criativo Ligocki (2016); Production Director in O Fantástico Patinho Feio (2018); Producer of scene vehicles in the feature film Eduardo e Mônica, by René Sampaio (2020).

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Hebe Tabachnik

Executive Producer

For over 15 years Hebe Tabachnik has been a film curator and has participated as juror, project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago. She is the Ibero American Programmer for the Palms Springs (psff) and Seattle (siff) International Film Festivals and is a member of the Board of Directors and programmer of Dance Camera West (dcw) a dance film festival in Los Angeles.
Since 2013 she is the Director and Producer of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (ficg in la) and since 2011 she is a Guest Programmer for the Maguey Award at ficg. She is a Guest Professor at the San Antonio de los Baños Film School (eictv) and gives workshops about festivals and film distribution.
Hebe is a consultant and a member of the Honor Council of the Film Documentary track of the cuec unam within the Cultural Journalism and Literature Department Hugo Gutiérrez Vega at the University of Guadalajara, México.
She has worked for the Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals, the American Cinematheque of Los Angeles and has been in the selection committee of the International Documentary Association (ida) Awards. Hebe graduated with degrees in Directing and Screenwriting at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires where she became a Professor for the Directing Department. She is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Lokro Productions, Inc., a film production company established in 1999 in Los Angeles.

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Denise Vieira

Art Director

Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism (FAU Universidade de Brasília), with a master's degree in Theory, History and Criticism of the City (FAU UnB), Denise Vieira has served as Art Director since 2006. Her main works are: Marina não vai à praia (2014) and Menina Espantalho (2008), by Cássio Pereira dos Santos; Once upon a time Brasília (Locarno, 2017) and Branco Sai, Preto Fica (Mar del Plata, 2014), both by Adirley Queirós. For the last title, she received a Best Art Direction Award at the Brasília Film Festival. She directed the short film Meio Fio (2014), selected by more than 13 festivals in Brazil and abroad. She is currently preparing to direct and produce her first feature A Mulher No Quarto Ao Lado.

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Leonardo Feliciano

Cinematographer

Leonardo Feliciano graduated in Cinema at the University
Brasília, and studied cinematography at the renowned Lodz Film School in Poland. As a cinematographer, he filmed more than a dozen short and nine feature films. Among them are Branco Sai, Preto Fica (Best Film - Mar del Plata Film Festival 2014) by Adirley Queirós, Menina Espantalho (Best Short Film - Tokyo Short Shorts 2009) and Marina Não Vai à Praia (2014), both from Cássio Pereira dos Santos. His new works include the feature films Arabia (Rotterdam 2017), In the Heart of the World (Rotterdam 2019), the short Desires of the Flesh (Sundance 2019) and Valentina (2020).

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Alexandre Taira

Editor

Graduated in Audiovisual at ECA / University of São Paulo, Alexandre is a founding partner of the production company Lusco Fusco. He produced and edited documentaries, shorts and feature films, having received some prizes as an editor, such as a Special Mention at Berlinale 2012 (Geração section) for the short film “L” (directed by Thaís Fujinaga).

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Camila Machado 

Sound Designer

Camila Machado is a sound designer born in Brasília. Studied Cinema at the University of Brasilia from 1999 to 2003. Graduated in Sound at the International School of Cinema and Television (EICTV) in Cuba, from 2003 to 2005. As a Sound Engineer, her main works in cinema are Ressurgentes and Entorno da Beleza, both by Dácia Ibiapina, and O Mestre e Divino, by Tiago Campos. As a sound designer, he worked on Branco Sai, Preto Fica, by Adirley Queirós, and on the short films Nobody is born in Paradise, by Alan Schvasberg; Threatened and Project 68, by Júlia Mariano; Marina não vai à praia e Menina Espantalho, by Cássio Pereira dos Santos.

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Alexandre Jardim

Sound Mixer

With over 25 years of experience in cinema, Alexandre Jardim has been responsible for CTAv sound mix department for 8 years, having numerous titles in his curriculum, among them the memorable Olho de Boi, by Hermano Penna and Terras, by Maya Da-Rin. He also works as a sound restorer and his works in this field include the films Rainha Diaba, by Antônio Carlos Fontoura and Assalto ao Trem Pagador, by Roberto Farias.