Two Irenes

Brazil | 2016 | 88 minutes | Fabio Meira

After 13-year-old wallflower Irene discovers a confident, independent girl living nearby, who also happens to be named Irene, they form an instant bond that is founded upon a shocking secret in this delicate tale of friendship and identity.

"There is a timeless quality to the film"Gillian Anderson, The Stranger

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A shy, withdrawn slip of a girl, 13-year-old Irene (newcomer Priscila Bittencourt in an assured performance) finds herself invisible to the world around her. She is ignored by boys and glossed over by her family in favor of her beautiful older sister Solange (Madu Souza), the introverted teen's only comfort being stories told by the family's earthy housekeeper Madalena (Teuda Barra). But when she discovers a secret life being lived by her charismatic father Tonico (Marco Ricca), Irene quietly steps into it, befriending another Irene (Isabela Torres), discovering her sexuality, and slowly coming into her own in this sly and engrossing coming-of-age drama. Winner of the Best First Feature and Best Cinematography prizes at the 2017 Guadalajara International Film Festival, writer and director Fabio Meira has crafted an observant and beguiling debut feature, rich with detail and unexpected turns. At once a visually stunning paean to the struggles of growing up and an evocative study of the eternal dance between men and women, Two Irenes establishes its creator as a major new voice in international cinema.

Director Biography

Fabio Meira was born in Goiania, Brazil, in 1979. He began working in films as an assistant director of Ruy Guerra, winner of two Silver Bears in the Berlinale. Fabio graduated from the International School of Film and TV of Cuba and directed several shorts and medium-length films that were awarded at festivals like "It's All True" (International Documentary Film Festival) and "Cinélatino" (Rencontres de Toulouse"). He also wrote the scripts of Underage, which premiered in San Sebastian and won Best Film at the 2013 Rio International Film Festival, and "The Illusion" (Daad) Award for Best Short at the Berlinale in 2009. Two Irenes is his first feature as a director presented at the Generation section at the Berlinale 2017.

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  • Original Language Title: As Duas Irenes
  • Director: Fabio Meira
  • Principal Cast: Priscila Bittencourt, Isabela Torres, Marco Ricca,Susana Ribeiro, Ines Peixoto, Teuda Bara, Maju Souza, Ana Reston
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Brazil
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Producer: Diana Almeida, Fabio Meira
  • Screenplay: Fabio Meira
  • Cinematographers: Daniela Cajías
  • Editors: Virginia Flores
  • Music: Edson Secco
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017 (Best First Feature, Cinematography)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: True Colours Glorious Film