Vazante: Brazilian Daniela Thomas’ Impressive Directing Debut

VAZANTE, Brazilian writer-director Daniela Thomas’ solo directing debut, is a thematically intriguing and visually striking fable set in 19th century colonial Brazil.
A long time collaborator of Walter Salles with whom she co-directed three features, Thomas was a member of the team behind the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony. 
Thomas and her writing partner Beto Amaral add a panel to the growing film literature about miscegenation and subjugation in various places in the world.
The rugged landscape of Brazil’s Diamantina Mountains provide the backdrop for this black and white widescreen drama set in 1821. Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio (Adriano Carvalho) discovers that his wife has died in labor. 
Confined to a decadent but desolate property of his aging mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz (Luana Nastas).
Separated from her family and left alone on the rugged farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, Beatriz faces physical and emotional obstacles beyond her years, but finds solace in the displaced and oppressed inhabitants around her.
VAZANTE will be released by Music Box in NY at the IFC Center and LA at the Laemmle Royal on January 12, followed by national roll out.
About Daniela Thomas
Thomas is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Besides writing and directing several films, her multidisciplinary career includes opera and theater set design, playwriting and directing for the stage, as well as art exhibitions and installations. After moving to New York in the early 80s where her work was shown at La Mama Experimental Theater, she returned to Brazil and co-direct three films with Walter Salles, Foreign Land, Midnight, and Linha de Passe, winner of the 2008 Cannes Fest Best Actress Award.
Her short films include the Paris, Je T’aime segment Loin du 16e. Thomas also directed the Rio de Janeiro Olympics’ Opening Ceremony and the London Olympics’ Flaghandover Ceremony.
Credits
In Portuguese with English subtitles.  
Run time: 116 mintues.   
 
Directed by Daniela Thomas. 
Written by Daniela Thomas & Beto Amaral. 
Cinematography by Inti Briones. 
Edited by Estevan Schilling & Tiago Marinho. 
Sound design by Vasco Pimentel. 
Production design by Valdy Lopes Jin. 
Costume design by Cassio Brasil. 
Cast:
Starring Adriano Carvalho, Luana Nastas, Sandra Corveloni, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha.  A Music Box Films release.