About Us | LAÍS BODANZKY
LAÍS BODANZKY is a cinema and theater director.
Laís Bodanzky directed her first feature film in 2000: the award-winning Brainstorm, Official Selection of Toronto and winner of Best Feature Film in Biarritz, among 46 other national and international awards. Her second feature, The Ballroom (coproduction with ARTE Channel in France) won Best Feature Film in Tous Écrans Genève and 20 other awards in Brazil and abroad. The opening of her third film, The Best Things in the World took place at the Rome Cinema Festival. The film also won Best Feature Film at the FICI Madrid and 17 awards in other festivals. It was first released in Italy in 2011. Laís directed one of the episodes of the film Invisible World for the São Paulo International Film Festival, a project that also had the participation of names such as Wim Wenders, Manoel de Oliveira, Atom Egoyan, among others. As a documentary maker, she has directed Olympic Women for ESPN in 2013 and São Paulo’s War in 2002 for TV Cultura. Her first documentary work was produced in 1999, Cine Mambembe, The Cinema Discovers Brazil, winner of the TV Cultura award at the “It’s all true” Festival. In 2014, she codirected the series Education.doc, screened by Globo News and Fantástico TV show. In 2015 she directed two episodes for the second season of PSI (HBO).
Her next film projects include feature films Just Like Our Parents and PEDRO - currently under development and expected to be released in 2019.
The film Just Like Our Parents, which will be released in Brazil on August 31, 2017, was selected for the Special Panorama - 67th Berlin Film Festival and awarded at the 19th Festival du Cinema Bresilien de Paris.
In the music business, she has directed and produced two music videos with the singer and songwriter Arnaldo Antunes, having also produced Out of Control (2001) and directed That Woman (2002) – winner of best music video at the Multishow Awards.
In the theatre, she has directed the play Our Youth in 2005, nominee for the 18th Theater Shell Award of São Paulo in the categories of Best Actor for Gustavo Machado and Best Scenography for Cássio Amarante. In 2011, she directed the play Menecma by Bráulio Mantovani, nominee for the 24th Theater Shell Award of São Paulo, in the category of Best Actor for Roney Facchini.