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Directors' Bios

Luciana Braga

Hometown: Montreal
Age: 34

Luciana Braga grew up in a working class neighborhood in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After working as a child psychologist for more than ten years, she moved to Montreal in 2010. There, she found a special way to deal with her immigrant experience through documentary photography and filmmaking.


Larissa Christoforo

Hometown: Montreal
Age: 32

Currently pursuing a Master in Film Studies, Larissa Christoforo strolls around many areas of knowledge, from a Minor in Screenplay Writing to two bachelor’s degrees (one in Law, one in Office Administration). She studied eight languages, practiced dance and capoeira, volunteered in two schools in Brazil, and hosted a radio show.

Name three of your interests (not film-related) and one pet peeve. 

Luciana: people’s stories, human relationships, creative activities. My pet peeve? Intolerance.

Larissa: People, studying, and travelling. My pet peeve? Laziness.

What is your favourite movie?

Luciana: It's very difficult to choose only one. I just love Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005) by Marcelo Gomes for so many reasons. It takes place during WWII. A German man goes to a deserted region of Brazil to escape war. I love drama and that film is hard, sensitive and delicate at the same time.

Larissa: Cinema Paradiso. Through Giuseppe Tornatore’s declaration of love to cinema, I felt like it was mine too.

When did you make your first film? What was it about?

Luciana: Canadian Food was my first film. It was produced between March and May 2012. It's about family, love, cultural differences, challenges, maturity, humanism and mutual caring.

Larissa: The very first one was in 2004... A one-minute movie called To the Passers-by (original title in Portuguese: Aos Passantes) from Charles Baudelaire’s poem À une passante. It’s about that slight and quite insignificant moment in life that makes the whole difference later on.

Sum up your film, Canadian Food, in a 5-word sentence. 

Luciana: Harmonized relationships despite cultural differences.

Larissa: Human relationships are above differences.

Which films or directors inspire you?

Luciana: Africa United (2010) by Debs Paterson, Soul Boy (2008) by Hawa Essuman; Sofia Coppola, Eliane Caffé, and Walter Salles.

Larissa: Brazilian documentarist Eduardo Coutinho, for the way he makes his movies and his respect in dealing with people.

What's your motto as a filmmaker?

Luciana: Making films that touch people’s souls and incentivize new perspectives on human relationships.

Larissa: There’s a tiny, tiny line between fiction and reality.

What's your dream film project?

Luciana: My dream is to conduct research on African film aesthetic and apply this knowledge to produce a documentary about racism in the educational system in Brazil.

Larissa: Writing and directing fictional films as powerful as Brazilian télénovelas (in terms of national reach and of modelling behaviors), but concerned to promote a social awakening and a consequently change in our social reality.

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DANIEL PENA RAMOS

Sunday, November 4th 2012 16:53
I like this film because there is a "human touch" in it. It's a beautiful story of love, values and tolerance. I had a very pleasant time regarding this short film. Congratulations!

Lou Piensa

Tuesday, November 6th 2012 11:32
Bravo!

Roseline G. Paquet

Tuesday, November 6th 2012 19:01
J'ai beaucoup aimé regarder votre film. Un petit brin de bonheur en cette journée glaciale de novembre.

Edgar Jermann

Wednesday, November 7th 2012 16:31
Belíssimo - Adorei, muito sensível

Ariane Arcand

Wednesday, November 7th 2012 17:09
Loved it!

Woody

Friday, November 16th 2012 13:14
The family is interesting,insightful and entertaining,however the documentary is not. My first year at Cegep I was making better amateur documentary. Sorry, but it's true.
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