Rânia (Graziela Felix) tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who lives in the slums of the northern Brazilian town of Fortaleza. Rânia helps with the household chores, studies in a local public school, works in a bar on the beach and dreams to become a dancer. Alongside her inseparable best friend, Zizi (Nataly Rocha), Rânia is introduced to the ‘Sereia da Noite’, a local bohemian joint where fun, dance and money mix, fuse and rock the night. When Rânia meets the choreographer Estela (Mariana Lima), she will be torn between the nightlife and the daily dance practice. Can Rânia realize her dream and maybe even earn her living dancing?

“An obsession with dance runs through the oeuvre of Roberta Marques. It’s an obsession with which she infected the protagonist in her first feature film. Instead of choosing a raw, social-realistic style that would be an obvious choice in a teenage drama taking such a close look at life, Marques made the daring decision to create a dreamy and tranquil mood. Not such an obvious choice when seen in the context of Rânia’s life, but it’s closer to the ambitions and dreams she so passionately yearns for.

Carried by a beautiful leading role by Graziela Felix, Marques turns her feature debut into an ode to the energy and determination of young people”. (IFFR)

  • Director Roberta Marques
  • With Graziela Felix, Mariana Lima and Nataly Rocha
  • Cinematographer Heloísa Passos
  • Producer Latitude Sul
  • Associated Producer Jurubeba Produções
  • Language Portuguese
  • Running time 85 min
  • Genre Drama
  • 35mm, Color, 2012
  • Best Film Rio Int. Film Festival – New Trends 2011
  • Best Film FEMINA Int. Women´s Film Festival 2012
  • BNB prize Cine Ceará 2012
  • Best Actress Cine Ceará 2012
  • Official Selection Int. Film Festival Rotterdam 2012