Street Talk for February 7, 2020
Carolina Markowicz

Director and visual artist Christian Bevilacqua has joined the roster of Psyop. His innovative work stems in large part from his roots in animation and his interest in technology. He brings live action, performance, VFX, and design talent to the director’s chair. In addition to having worked with major brands such as the NFL, Nescafe, Toyota and Mastercard, Bevilacqua has also won multiple industry awards, among them a pair of Cannes Young Director Awards, multiple Creative Circle awards, an ADDY and APA accolades. Bevilacqua also earned a slot in SHOOT’s 2008 New Directors Showcase....

London-based production house Lief has brought screenwriter and filmmaker Carolina Markowicz aboard its directorial roster for commercial representation in the U.K. Brazilian Markowicz’s body of work includes celebrated commercials as well as six notable short films, including The Orphan, a fascinating expression of gender fluidity. Combined, her films have screened at over 300 festivals including Cannes, Locarno, Toronto and AFI, and been awarded with more than 100 prizes. Based on true events, The Orphan tells the story of a young boy who has been adopted and then “returned” to the orphanage due to his effeminate mannerisms. Switching from grippingly raw to stylized and dreamy in some moments (like the main character), the short premiered at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes and won the Cannes Queer Palm. The Orphan screened at more than 150 festivals worldwide, and won over 55 awards, including Best Film in Biarritz, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, Best Short in the Brazilian Academy, and the Jury Award at SXSW. Markowicz also has to her credit Tatuapé Mahal Tower, a comedy short that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and earned distinction as one of the Best of the Year Vimeo Staff Picks for 2017. It screened at more than 100 festivals and won over 30 awards. Outside of film circles, Markowicz is already well known within the advertising world in Latin America. She was a copywriter at São Paulo’s leading agencies before going on to become a sought-after commercial director in her home country....

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