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Forced to marry a slave trader, young Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years in this lyrical and nuanced historical mood piece. Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined to a decadent but desolate property in the company of his aging mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz. Separated from her family and left alone on the rugged farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, Beatriz finds solace in the displaced and oppressed inhabitants around her. Exploring the fraught intersection of feminism, colonialism, and race that has persisted across centuries and continents, Vazante is the haunting and stunning solo directorial debut from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“A striking visual beauty.”

David Rooney

The Hollywood Reporter

“Daniela Thomas delivers a beautifully atmospheric... black-and-white drama about slavery and the subjugation of women in 1800s Brazil.”

Jessica Kiang


Cast & Crew
  • António : Adriano Carvalho
  • Beatriz : Luana Nastas
  • Dona Ondina : Sandra Corveloni 
  • Dona Zizinha : Juliana Carneiro Da Cunha
  • Bartholomeu : Roberto Audio
  • Feliciana : Jai Baptista
  • Maria Joaquina : Isadora Favero
  • Lider Africanos : Toumani Kouyaté
  • Virgílio : Vinicius Dos Anjos
  • Jeremias : Fabrício Boliveira
  • Joana : Geisa Costa
  • Porfírio : Adilson Maghá
  • Manuel : Alexandre De Sena
  • Director : Daniela Thomas
  • Screenwriters : Daniela Thomas & Beto Amaral 
  • Producers : Beto Amaral, Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira
  • Co-Producers : Pandora Da Cunha Telles & Pablo Iraola
  • Associate Producer : Fernando Meirelles
  • Line Producer : Cristina Alves
  • Director of Photography : Inti Briones
  • Editors : Estevan Schilling & Tiago Marinho
  • Production Designer : Valdy Lopes
  • Sound Designer : Vasco Pimentel
  • Costume Designer : Cassio Brasil
  • Make-Up : Rosemary Paiva
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2016
  • Release Date : 01/12/18
  • Countries of Production : Brazil
  • Languages : Portuguese
  • Running Time : 116 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby 5.1
  • Color : B&W
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Masterclass with director Daniela Thomas at Princeton University’s Brazil LAB

Behind the Scenes featurettes with the cast and crew

Collector’s Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Pedro Meira Monteiro and a director interview by Walter Salles