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Dir. Cris Lyra / Brazil / 2019 / 27’ / Polish premiere


Becoming Oneself


Director: Cris Lyra
Screenplay: Ananda Maranhão, Camila Gaglianone, Cris Lyra, Elis Menezes, Lana Lopes, Raíssa Lopes e Yakini Kalid
Cinematography: Wilssa Esser, Cris Lyra
Editing: Beatriz Pomar, Henrique Cartaxo
Sound: Daniel Turini, Henrique Chiurciu, Marina Bruno, Tamis Haddad
Music: Obinrin Trio, Nã Maranhão
Producer: Camila Gaglianone
Production: Camila Gaglianone
World sales: Cris Lyra
Language: Portugese



A group of young lesbians from São Paulo go on a trip to a remote beach. While they wait for the new year's eve, they build a safe and pleasant environment through music and friendship. They take care of themselves, they own their bodies, their memories and they feel free.


IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (Best Documentary), REGARD Festival (Prix Americana), Frameline, Queer Lisboa (Best Short Film), Vilnius Queer Festival “Kreivės” (Best Short Film), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Special Mention International Competition), Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille (2. Award International Competition), Mostra XI Festival, QFFM - Queer Film Festival Munich, FICCI - Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (Onda Corta), Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife (Best Image), Mostra Cinema de Gostoso (Mistika Award), Curta Cinema (“Canal Brasil” Award), Festival Mix Brasil (Best Script), Goiânia Mostra Curtas (Special Jury Award), Festival Internacional Curtas Belo Horizonte, Olhar de Cinema - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Curitiba (Best Brazilian Short Film), Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Mostra Cinema Conquista, BQFF - Brisbane Queer Film Festival, Shorts México - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México (Best Short Ibero-American Documentary), Kashish International LGBT Film Festival (Best Documentary Short Film), NewFest


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Cris Lyra
Cris Lyra is a director and cinematographer based in São Paulo, Brasil. In 2015 she directed her first short film “A Pleased Man” with Bruno Cucio. “Breakwater” (“Quebramar”) is her second short. It celebrated its international premiere at IDFA 2019 (Competition for Short Documentary) and since then has won prizes at festivals in Brazil and abroad, including Best Documentary at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2020. Cris worked as a cinematographer for several short films, TV series and three features: “Landless” by Camila Freitas that premiered at the Berlinale (2019), “I Remember the Crows” by Gustavo Vinagre (Best Film at the Cinéma du Réel, 2018, and Best Film at IndieLisboa 2018), and “Para’i” by Vinicius Toro.



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