Petra Costa

started her training in theater in Brazil at the age of fourteen and later went to the Dramatic Arts School at the University of São Paulo. She then went on to study Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She completed her masters in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics focusing her studies on the concept of trauma. Currently pursuing her PhD at the European Graduate School, Petra is also writing a feature fiction film entitled STRANGE FRUIT.


Elena, 2012; Olmo and the Seagull, 2015.

Olmo and the Seagull (18+)

Denmark, Brazil, Portugal, France, Sweden, 2015, colour, 82 min.
Director: Petra Costa
Olivia is a successful stage actress of Theatre du Solei. Together with Serge, her partner on stage and husband, she rehearses “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov when she finds out she is pregnant. Finding out the limits of reality and the roles she plays Olivia is challenged with a new life philosophy, delivering her true self.


Best Documentary at Rio Film Festival 2015! Festival del Film Locarno 2015 – Junior Jury Award for the best film! Special Mention (Jury Award) for Directors – International Film Critics Week.