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


    MEDUSA is a horror-musical-comedy set in an alternate universe yet inspired by the conservative rise we experienced in Brazil and its effects on the youth. My desire is to bring laughter, tension, joy and a bit of lust to the audience. I want people to free themselves from the control others and society have on them, even if only for a few seconds, and scream.

    Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anita Rocha da Silveira has written and directed three short-films: THE NOON VAMPIRE (2008), HANDBALL (2010), FIPRESCI Award at the Int. Short FF Oberhausen, and THE LIVING DEAD (2012), Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Her first feature KILL ME PLEASE (2015) was screened at the Orizzonti section at Venice IFF, New Directors/New Films and SXSW, among others. MEDUSA (2021) is her second feature and premiered last July at Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and won Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress at Rio IFF.

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