Kill Me Please

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    Kill Me Please

    Mate-me por favor

    Directed by

    Brazil, Argentina


    101 min

    • Portuguese



    Barra da Tijuca, West Side Zone of Rio de Janeiro. A wave of murderers plague the area. What starts off as a morbid curiosity for the local youth slowly begins to spoil away at their lives. Among them is Bia, a fifteen year old girl. After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she’s alive.


    • Best Director, Best Actress (Valentina Herszage) - Rio de Janeiro IFF
    • Best Film ABC Award - Janela ICR


    Labels & Line Ups


    Valentina Herszage
    Dora Freind
    Mariana Oliveira
    Júlia Roliz
    Rita Pauls
    Anita Rocha da Silveira
    João Atala
    Bernardo Uzeda

    Director's Statement

    KILL ME PLEASE was inspired through memories and emotions experienced during my teenage years. The discovery of love and sex greatly resembled my first encounter with death: the fear and fascination of knowing my life didn’t really belong to me and the will to live in an extreme state between possibility and the impossible. Intensified, these sentiments became the basis of creating a distinct universe. Uncontrolled and without mentorship, the youth test their limits to the same extent in which they fear, fantasize and fall in love. The chosen arena is Barra da Tijuca, a newly developed and brutal space—much like my characters and a killer who haunts and slowly tarnishes their neighborhood.



    A real bomb, electrifies the senses.

    Nicolas Gilson, Un Grand Moment de Cinéma

    With echoes of Spring Breakers.

    Arantxa Acosta, Cine Divergente

    It has a cultish appeal.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    Icky, funny and unexpectedly touching.

    A.O. Scott, New York Times

    One of the new faces of Latin American cinema.

    John Hopewell, Variety

    A singular vision of adolescent dread.

    Elissa Suh, Notebook

    It certainly marks its director as a talent to watch.

    Dennis Harvey, Variety

    Anita Rocha da Silveira

    Anita Rocha da Silveira


    Anita Rocha da Silveira majored in Cinema in 2008 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She wrote, edited and directed three short films: THE NOON VAMPIRE (2008), HANDBALL (2010) and THE LIVING DEAD (2012). HANDBALL won the FIPRESCI Award at the 57th ISFF Oberhausen, and THE LIVING DEAD was part of The Directors’ Fortnight 2012 selection at the Cannes IFF. In the past years, Anita has also worked as an assistant director, teacher and scriptwriter. MATE-ME POR FAVOR is her first feature film.

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