January 12, 2023
Fiction | 1st feature
Intolerant times require furious, contagious and disobedient joy.
Sofía is a teenage girl who, on the eve of a volleyball championship that is key for her career as an athlete, discovers that she is pregnant. In the commotion of the moment, she has only one certainty: she cannot become a mother, not now.
Running against time and acting on the sly, Sofía undertakes a lonely path on the search for clandestine abortion clinics, but ends up falling into the trap of an ill-intended fundamentalist group, willing to use all its means to stop her. When Sofía least expects, the decision about her future already seems to be in everyone’s hands but hers.
But as threats arrive, so does support and Sofía realizes that she is not alone. Her team, her coach and even her father, an unlikely ally, will do whatever it takes to help her. The snowball reaction that pursues her is fierce, but neither she nor those who love her are willing to surrender.
Lillah Halla (Vargem Grande do Sul, SP, 1981) is a brazilian director and screenwriter. Her most recent short film, MENARCA (2020), was one of the ten selected at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, qualified for the Oscar 2022, licensed by Canal + as well as MUBI and was released worldwide as film of the day by the same platform in 2021. Menarca won the Golden Owl for Best Short Film at TIFF -Tirana (2021), Audience Award for Best Film at Rencontre de Toulouse (2021), Promotion Award at Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2020), Best Director award at Curta Cinema do Rio (2020).
Graduated in Directing and Screenplay at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba (2010-2014), Lillah is a resident filmmaker at the Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Talento Paradiso (São Paulo), Berlinale Talent, TIFF Talent and part of Filmmakers Academy (Locarno).
AINDA ASSIM is her first feature film. Her second feature, Flehmen, under development, was part of Full Circle Lab Nouvelle Aquitaine and Sam Spiegel Jerusalem Lab in 2021/2022.
Manjericão Filmes is an independent production company dedicated to the creation and development of projects for cinema and television. Created in 2007, Manjericão works with a select number of projects annually, focused on artistic quality content and international potential. The company acts executively and creatively with partner directors in successful co-productions, such as MY NAME IS BAGHDAD (Best Film at Berlinale Generation 14plus 2020) and UNDERAGE (2014), both features directed by Caru Alves de Souza, as well as Diego Fried and and Federico’s THE SILENT PARTY (Argentina/Brazil 2019). Their most recent film is AINDA ASSIM (Brazil/Uruguay/France), Lillah Halla’s debut feature, which is currently in post-production participated in the Next Step – Cannes Semaine de la Critique Filmmaker’s Programme 2020; Full Circle Lab 2022; BrLab Rough Cut 2022.
Arissas is a company founded in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, focused on the production of independent film and multidisciplinary artistic projects with a high social impact and potential for international distribution. Among their titles is “The Joy” (2010), by Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, premiered in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, “Here is so Far” (2013), by Eliza Capai, Best First Feature in Rio IFF, and the recent “Hilda’s Short Summer” (2021), by Agustín Banchero, premiered in San Sebastián IFF.