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” (Slate).
Her feature film M.F.A., starring Francesca Eastwood, premiered at SXSW 2017, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and a Game Changer Award. A thriller centered around rape crimes in a college campus, the film fueled discussions at the start of the #MeToo movement. Her directorial debut Bare, starring Dianna Agron, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and was released by IFC Films and Paramount Pictures. Natalia wrote/directed the short film Kiki & the Mxfits, produced by Jill Soloway and Topple Productions for Conde Nast as part of a Time’s Up initiative. Natalia has also directed episodes for TV series, most recently the Hulu show Love, Victor, and created content for Vice TV. She is currently developing an original series produced by RT Features and Anonymous Content for the Brazilian network Globo, based on the book Perfect Days. Expanding the conversation beyond her films, Natalia discusses identity, sexuality, and representation in op-eds for TalkHouse and other publications.