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You are in: Home > 2019. 67th Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Jury > Vania Catani
Vania Catani

Vania Catani (Montes Claros, Brazil. 1963) began her career in the late 1980s with independent videos together with a new generation of filmmakers from Belo Horizonte. From the second half of the 90s, in the period known as the resumption of Brazilian cinema, she turned to film production, with a particular interest in the independent market.

In 2000, by now settled in Rio de Janeiro, she founded Bananeira Filmes, an independent production company which develops, produces and launches bold, high-quality artistic projects. Since 2018, Vania Catani has been a member of the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acclaimed in Brazil and internationally, the films produced by Bananeira have screened at some 390 festivals in 48 countries and have received more than 200 awards to date.

Worthy of note among its titles are A festa da menina morta (The Dead Girl’s Feast, 2008), by Matheus Nachtergaele, which participated in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival after having visited Films in Progress at the San Sebastian Festival in 2007; O palhaço (The Clown, 2011), by Selton Mello, selected to represent Brazil at the Academy Awards; and O filme da minha vida (The Movie of my Life, 2017), also directed by Mello. At the Venice Festival it has premiered the feature films Mate-me por favor (Kill Me Please, Orizzonti, 2015), by Anita Rocha da Silveira, and Zama (Official Selection, out of competition, 2017), by Lucrecia Martel.

She is currently working on films including Serial Kelly, by René Guerra; and on the international co-productions O baile dos 41, the feature film by David Pablos; and A vaca que cantou uma canção sobre o futuro (The Cow That Sang a Song About the Future), by Francisca Alegría.


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