Winner Best Documentary, 2013 Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Cuba
Winner Best Documentary, 2013 Brasília National Film Festival, Brazil
Winner Best Feature Documentary, 2013, Films de Femmes de Créteil, France
Winner Best Director (documentary), 2013, Brasília National Film Festival, Brazil
Winner Best Cinematography, 2013, Planete + Doc Film Festival, Poland
Winner Best Original Music, 2013, Festival de Cinema de Conservatória, Brazil
Official Selection, 2013 Hot Docs Festival, Canada
Official Selection, 2013 SXSW, Austin, Texas
Official Selection, 2013, Guadalajara Festival de Filmes


Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother: to become a movie star. She leaves behind her a childhood spent in hiding during the years of military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra now an actress, travels to New York in search of Elena. This film “is a cinematic rendering of a memory; a visualisation of a person long gone; a deeply personal poem of film that manages to also be incredibly humane and universal. The film is bolstered by the dreamy photography of Costa on the streets of New York. The result is a mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes in its sensitivity and (as Herzog would say) ecstatic truths.” – Katie Walsh, Indiewire

Preceded by NZ short film, Night Shift


2012 | 15 mins | Directed by Zia Mandviwalla
Amidst the arrivals and departures, an airport cleaner keeps her head down and gleans her survival from what others leave behind.


“A rare cinematic experience. A film that generates 60 insights per minute”- Fernando Meirelles, Director of City of God, Blindness, The Constant Gardener

DIRECTOR: Petra Costa
EDITOR: Marilia Moraes, Tina Baz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere, Miguel Vassy
MUSIC: Vitor Araújo, Fil Pinheiro, Maggie Hastings Clifford, Gustavo Ruiz
PRODUCTION: Petra Costa, Julia Bock, Daniela Santos


Sun 27 April 3.30pm
Fri 2 May 6.30pm

Sun 11 May 3.45pm
Fri 16 May 8.15pm

Fri 23 May 4.15pm
Sun 25 May 2.45pm