Directed by Marcelo Botta



115 min




Portuguese French


Betânia, the 65-year-old stalwart family matriarch, is on a turbulent ride on the ever-shifting sands of time. In the wake of her husband’s death, Betânia is forced to move back to the village where she was born, leaving behind a lifetime of memories and a simple, agrarian lifestyle without electricity on the cutting edge of a newborn Brazilian desert not so far from Amazon. Pushed by the ancestral sound of Maranhão, Betânia and her family fight to maintain balance and a sense of identity while tradition and modernity collide. Despite the imposing sand dunes, polluted water, financial hardship, generational quarrels, life finds a way, as it always does. Like the miraculous wildflowers found in the desert oases that punctuate the barren landscape, Betânia and her family eventually bloom into new vitality, while the world ends.

Festival Selections

Berlinale, Panorama 2024



  • Berlin International Film Festival | Panorama
  • Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse |
  • Festival Ojoloco du cinéma ibérique et latino-américain de Grenoble |
  • Festival du Film Brésilien à Paris |
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara |
  • Cinehill Motovun Film Festival

About the Director

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Marcelo Botta

Marcelo Botta, 39, Brazilian. In 2024, his debut feature, "Betânia," was selected for the Berlinale (Panorama.) The feature participated in the First Cut session of Ventana Sur 2022 and won three post-production prizes. Before "Betânia," he created and directed documentary and fiction series for Paramount+, MTV, and FOX, having filmed in more than 20 countries.


Betânia (2024)

  • Berlinale, Panorama

Cast & Crew

Diana Mattos, Tião Carvalho, Caçula Rodrigues, Nádia D’Cássia, Ulysses Azevedo
Marcelo Botta
Bruno Graziano
Marcio Hashimoto
Marcelo Botta, Tiao Carvalho, Edvaldo Marquita, Misael Pereira, Henrique Menezes, A Barca
Marcelo Botta, Gabriel Di Giacomo
Production Company:
Salvatore Filmes

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