Playing in Venice Horizons, and then a prize-winner at October’s Rio Fest, “Kill Me Please,” the feature debut of Brazil’s Anita Rocha da Silveira, revealed one of the new faces of Latin American cinema.
The pic is part of the growing trend of pan-regional co-production, as it was produced by two of Latin America’s most energetic co-production practitioners: Rio de Janeiro-based Bananeira Films and Argentina’s REI Cinema, headed by Benjamin Domenech and Santiago.
No favela poverty drama, “Kill Me” is set at an exclusive high school in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra de Tijuca, which will host much of the 2016 Olympics, a zone of new high rises, and seemingly endless real-estate construction.
Produced by a woman — Bananeira’s Vania Catani — “Kill Me, Please” is also directed by a woman, and a new member at that of Latin America’s growing breed of genre auteurs.
Skewering the new Brazilian Dream, and half serial killer suspenser, “Kill Me, Please” is also a coming of age dramedy. Story follows 15-year-old Bia and her gaggle of friends after a girl’s body is found near the school. They react with morbid curiosity as more corpses appear and Bia becomes obsessed by the crimes. When not worrying about crimes, they play volleyball, go shopping and dress in expensive clothes.
“I wanted to highlight how developing countries, and their new middle classes, deal with these new spaces. Also, I wanted to bring some of my own experiences as a teenager to the film, but making them over the top, fantastical,” Rocha da Silveira told Variety. Pic was lensed by Joao Atala using a palette of increasingly lively colors.