by Lillah Halla
Brazil, France, Uruguay, 2023, 99'
...Hard times require furious playing
Teen-volleyball player Sofia’s future freedom and agency are threatened by a violent swarm mentality...
On the eve of a future-defining championship, promising volleyball player SOFIA (17) is faced with an unwanted pregnancy. Seeking an illegal termination, she becomes the target of a fundamentalist group determined to stop her at any cost – but neither Sofia nor those who love her are willing to surrender to the blind fervor of the swarm.
"a vivid, dynamic piece of filmmaking"
"a film full of zest and empathy"
"Essential topics, great sparks between the actors, and a pulsing score; what more do you want from a film?"
World Premiere: Semaine de la Critique - Cannes IFF 2023
Hamburg FF 2023
Cast & Crew
With: Ayomi Domenica Dias, Loro Bardot, Grace Passô, Gláucia Vandeveld, Rômulo Braga
Production companies: Arissas (Brazil), Manjericão Filmes (Brazil), In Vivo Films (France), and Cimarrón Cine (Uruguay)
Producers: Clarissa Guarilha, Rafaella Costa, Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais
Lillah Halla is a Brazilian filmmaker graduated from EICTV, Cuba. Her short film MENARCA (2020), was one of the ten selected at the Cannes Film Festival Critics' Week, licensed by Canal + and MUBI. MENARCA was awarded at TIFF -Tirana (2021), Toulouse (2021), Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2020) and Curta Cinema (2020). LEVANTE (Power Alley), 2023, is her debut feature film. Her second feature, FLEHMEN, currently under development, was part of Full Circle Lab Nouvelle Aquitaine and Sam Spiegel Jerusalem Lab in 2021/2022.