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Directed by Marina Person
FEATURE NARRATIVE 91 Minutes North American Premiere
The year is 1984, and Brazil is on the cusp of massive political change. Estela is a high school woman preparing to travel to California to visit her uncle, who is a music journalist and pop-culture connoisseur. She focuses on keeping up her grades to go on her trip while navigating romance, sex and social pressures. But when Estela’s uncle suddenly returns to Brazil sickly thin and pale, intending to get his things in order, the family’s quiet mourning hints at the nascent AIDS epidemic of the ’80s. Set to the musical and cultural touchstones of the era—Bowie, the Cure, Kerouac’s On the RoadCalifórnia tells a nostalgic coming-of-age story very much of a moment in time, but also speaking to universal experiences of family, love and growing up.

—Frederic Boyer
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Director, television host and actress Marina Person graduated in cinema from the University of São Paulo. Person (2007), her first documentary feature film had a world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2015 she released her first feature fiction film California, which was presented and awarded at the Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rotterdam Film Festivals among others.
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    91 minutes
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    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Marina Person
  • Cinematographer:
    Flora Dias
  • Cast:
    Clara Gallo, Caio Blat, Caio Horowicz, Livia Gijon, Letícia Fagnani, Giovanni Gallo
  • Screenwriter:
    Marina Person, Mariana Veríssimo, Francisco Guarnieri
  • Producer:
    Marina Person, Gustavo Rosa de Moura, Giulia Setembrino, Carmem Maia
  • Editor:
    Bernardo Barcellos



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