Petra Costa

Petra Costa

Brazil

Directing is cathartic: slowly the pain turns to memory, turns to water. I feel that many things that were very painful become memory, and in doing so I am soothed, the pain is dissolved.

Petra Costa is a film director and actress. Before making ELENA, she directed and produced the short film OLHOS DE RESSACA (UNDERTOW EYES), a poetic depiction of love and aging as seen from the perspective of her grandparents. In 2009, OLHOS DE RESSACA was shown in several national and international festivals, receiving important prizes, among which Best Short Film in the Rio Festival 2009, Best Short Film in the London International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Best Short Documentary in Cine Las Americas 2010, Festival and Special Jury Prize in the Gramado Festival 2009.
In 2015, OLMO & THE SEAGULL, the feature she co-directed with Lea Glob, won the Nordic Dox Award at CPH:DOX and the Junior Jury Prize at Locarno Film Festival. Her most recent title, THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY, premiered at the World Documentary Competition at Sundance 2019 and is competing for the DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX, 2019.