Petra Costa

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Petra Costa
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Born (1983-07-08) July 8, 1983 (age 34)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Education Master´s Degree
Occupation Actress, filmmaker
Years active 2005–present
Notable work Elena, Undertow Eyes

Petra Costa (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 8, 1983) is a Brazilian actress and filmmaker.[1][2]


She began to work as an actress when she was 15 years old. She majored in Anthropology at Barnard College, in Columbia University, New York. She continued her studies in London, finishing a master's degree in Community and Development at London School of Economics.[3]

She debuted in cinema producing and directing the short film Undertow Eyes (2009), a poetic depiction of love and aging as seen from the perspective of her grandparents. Her first feature film, Elena (2012), was presented at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), São Paulo International Film Festival, Brasilia National Film Festival and the Director’s Week (Rio de Janeiro).[4][5][6]

Her work is influenced by the cinema of Gillo Pontecorvo, Agnès Varda and Chris Marker.[7]


  • 2005 - Dom Quixote de Bethelehem (Feature film, video documentary)[8]
  • 2009 - Undertow Eyes (Short film, documentary)
Rio Film Festival: Best Short Film[9]
Gramado Film Festival (Brazil) Special Jury Award and Audience Award[10]
São Paulo International Short Film Festival: New Talents Award[11]
  • 2012 - Elena (Feature Film)
Brasília National Film Festival: Best Documentary – Audience Award, Best Directing, Editing and Production Design[12]
Selected for IDFA (Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival) and Guadalajara International Film Festival[13]
  • 2015 - Olmo and the Seagull (Feature film, documentary)[14] Rio Film Festival:Best Documentary[15]


Year Award Category Nominated work
2009 Rio Film Festival Best Short Film Undertow Eyes[16]
Gramado Film Festival Special Jury Award
Audience Award
Vitoria Cine Video Best Editing
Itu International Film Festival Best Screenplay
Goiania Short Film Festival Best Film
São Paulo International Short Film Festival New Talents Award
2010 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival Best Short Documentary Film
Curta Cabo Frio Best Short Documentary in 35mm
New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema Best Short Film
2011 London International Documentary Festival Best Short Film
2012 Brasília National Film Festival: Best Documentary Audience Award Elena[17]
Best Directing
Production Design
2013 Guadalajara Film Festival (Mexico)[18] Special Mention
ZagrebDox Documentary Film Festival (Croatia)[19] Special Mention
Films de Femmes (France) Best Documentary Feature
Planete + Doc Film Festival (Poland) CANON Cinematography Award for best Cinematography
Cine Música – Festival de Cinema de Conservatória (Brazil) Best Original Music
Havana Film Festival (Cuba) Best Documentary Feature
Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (EUA) Best Documentary Feature


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