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Duda Leite


Brazilian journalist and filmmaker festival hopping for more than a quarter of a century

Duda leite a journalist, curator, distributor and filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil. He has covered the most important film festivals in the world, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, etc for the past 25 years. He remains just as passionate as on his first day.

On the filmmaking side, Duda started his career with the cult short film Serial Clubber Killer (1994), which won Best Short at Mix Brazil. In 2020 he directed his first feature Tikimentary – In Search of the Lost Paradise (2010). Duda is also the curator of m-v-f-, a festival dedicated to music videos.

This is the trailer of Tikimentary:

Other posts by Duda Leite
My New Friends (Les Gens d’à Côté)
Isabelle Huppert stars as a grieving policewoman searching for a new meaning in life, in a misfire from octogenarian French auteur André Téchiné - from the Panorama section of the 74th Berlinale [Read More...]

Henry Fonda for President
Lengthy, in-depth character of the iconic Hollywood actor reveals a subversive, intelligent, and surprisingly self-loathing human being - from the Forum section of the 74th Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Occupied City
Steve McQueen’s monumental new doc takes its time mapping Amsterdam under Nazi occupation, and blending it with images captured during the Covid pandemic - on VoD on Monday, March 18th [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Baz Luhrmann
Duda Leite interviews the director of Elvis, Moulin Rouge and other classics as the Australian filmmaker heads the jury at the 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival; they talk about the resistance of musicals, 35 years without going to the cinema, Lawrence of Arabia, and much more! [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Baloji
Brazilian journalist and filmmaker Duda Leite interviews Congolese multimedia artist Baloji as he showcases his debut feature at the 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival; they talk about cinema, music, fashion, postnatal depression, coffins and how most African movies are entirely dependant on French money and whim [Read More...]

Congo born and Belgium-based Baloji’s debut feature is packed with original ideas and robust visual concepts, in an dazzling ode to the struggles of the African diaspora - international co-production of six African and European nations shows at from the 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to the Malaysian tigress
Brazilian journalist Duda Leite attends the 3rd edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival and interviews Amanda Nell Eu, the young and promising Malaysian filmmaker behind the widely-acclaimed teen horror Tiger Stripes; they discuss censorship, Brian de Palma, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, laser pink eyes, TikTok and much more [Read More...]

A car mechanic "fixes" the broken soul of his clients, in this poetic and enigmatic hybrid documentary from Lebanon - from the 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

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