NATALIA LEITE is a Brazilian writer/director. Her work has been described as having “a bracing, assertive style” (Variety), “emotional intelligence” (LA Times), and as “cementing the reign over highly stylized, sexually progressive dramas” (Slant).
Her feature film M.F.A., starring Francesca Eastwood, premiered at SXSW 2017 and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and a Game Changer Award. The film, a thriller centered around rape crimes in a college campus, fueled discussions at the start of the #MeToo movement. Her directorial debut Bare, starring Dianna Agron, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was released by IFC Films and Paramount Pictures. Natalia has also created original content for Vice TV, immersing herself in different subcultures — among a group of homeless train-hoppers in the mid-west and as a truck-stop stripper in New Mexico — as a form of first person investigative journalism. Most recently, Natalia wrote/directed the short film Kiki & the Mxfits for 5050by2020, a branch of the Time’s Up movement. Expanding the conversation beyond her films, Natalia discusses identity, sexuality, and representation in op-eds for TalkHouse and other publications. She is a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Grant.