m-appeal_POWER ALLEY
m-appeal_POWER ALLEY
m-appeal_POWER ALLEY
m-appeal_POWER ALLEY
m-appeal_POWER ALLEY



by Lillah Halla

Brazil, France, Uruguay, 2023, 99'

Sofia’s future freedom and agency are threatened by a violent swarm mentality...

Sophia, a fiery and talented young woman, lives in a humble Brazilian suburb where conservative values reign. When her talents are noticed, she gets a chance for a different life. But, after some unexpected news threatens to jeopardise her future, she is faced with an overwhelming choice. The neighbourhood is against her, but Sophia has her own community: a diverse and rebellious group determined to have fun, express themselves, define their own lives, and protect each other. In this team no one is alone. Together they are powerful.



"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?"


FIPRESCI Prize - Cannes IFF 2023
L’Abrazo du meilleur film (Best Feature Film award) - Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 2023
Best Director - Feature Fiction (Lillah Halla); Best Editing (Eva Randolph) - Festival do Rio 2023
TILDA Award (Best Film by a Female Director) - Braunschweig IFF 2023
Best Feature Film Award (Jury Prize in the Brazilian competition); Best Interpretation (entire cast) and Suzy Capó (Ayomi Domenica) - Mix Brasil 2023
Camilo a la Libertad – Asociación Cultura con Orgullo Best LGTBQI+ Screening Award; AAMMA Women Award (Lilla Halla) - Festival de Huelva de Cine Ibertoamericano 2023
Best First Feature - Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano 2023
Ibero-American award - Palm Springs IFF 2024
Youth Jury Award - IFF Rotterdam 2024
First Prize - Bergamo Film Meeting 2024
Andrzej Wajda Krakow Film Award (Main Dramatic Competition “Making Way”) - Off Camera IFF 2024


World Premiere: Semaine de la Critique - Cannes IFF 2023
Hamburg FF 2023
Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 2023
Festival 2 Cinéma de Valenciennes 2023
FNC Montréal 2023
London IFF 2023
Festival do Rio 2023
FICValdivia 2023
Filmfest Osnabrück 2023
Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul 2023
Tokyo IFF 2023
QUEER-Streifen FF 2023
Mix Copenhagen 2023
Morelia IFF 2023
Braunschweig IFF 2023
EQUIS FF (EC) 2023
Mix Brasil 2023
Festival de Huelva de Cine Ibertoamericano 2023
FRAPA 2023
Chéries-Chéris 2023
Solidarity FF 2023
Havana IFF 2023
Kerala IFF 2023
Palm Springs IFF 2024
Pune IFF 2024
IFF Rotterdam 2024
Yashwant IFF (Mumbai) 2024
5th Women's International FF (IN) 2024
Mardi Gras FF 2024
Storyhouse in Chester 2024
Bergamo Film Forum 2024
Human Rights Watch FF 2024
Festival Ternium México 2024
London Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2024
Hebden Bridge Film Festival 2024
Verona Film Club 2024
Queergestreift FF 2024
Istanbul FF 2024
Off Camera IFF 2024

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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

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.