Partner at Lacuna Filmes
Daniel Ribeiro was born in São Paulo, Brazil on May 20th 1982. He graduated from University of São Paulo’s Film School and is the director of Lacuna Filmes. He’s one of the creators of the website Música de Bolso (Pocketmusic – musicadebolso.com.br). He wrote and directed Café com Leite [You, Me and Him] and Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho [I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone], films that were screened on over 180 festivals worldwide and received 115 awards, including the Crystal Bear at the 58th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival. In 2011, was one of the creators of the #EuSouGay (#IAmGay) Project, which created an LGBT video against homophobia. His first feature film, Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks), premiered at the 2014 Berlinale’s Panorama, being awarded the FISPRESCI and the Teddy Award. The film was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Oscars 2015’s Foreign Language Film category. In 2016, co-directed the short film "Love Snaps", awarded at Rio Film Festival and Mix Brasil.
Partner at Lacuna Filmes
Diana Almeida is a Brazilian-Mozambican film producer living and working in São Paulo. She was born in Maputo on 1983 and graduated from the School of Art and Communication of the University of São Paulo. In 2006, she founded LACUNA FILMES with Daniel Ribeiro, and produced several shorts. It is worth mentioning “SOME NOTES” (2006), directed by Thiago Faelli, which played at major Brazilian festivals like Brasilia and Gramado Film Festival; “YOU, ME AND HIM” (2007), directed by Daniel Ribeiro, which premiered internationally at the Berlinale 2008, received the Crystal Bear for best short at the Generation and was screened at over 80 festivals worldwide and received 33 awards; and “EU NÃO QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO” (2010), directed by Daniel Ribeiro, which screened at over 100 festivals worldwide, receiving over 80 awards. In 2014 Diana released her first feature, “THE WAY HE LOOKS”, also directed by Ribeiro. The film had its world premiere at the Berlinale, receiving the FIPRESCI and the Teddy Awards. It has been screened over 80 festivals, receiving 38 awards and was chosen the Brazilian entry at the Oscars 2015. In 2015 released the documentary for ESPN “THE DISCREET CHARM OF A CHAMPION”, directed by Fabio Meira and in 2016 the short “LOVE SNAPS”, entirely shot with the iPhone app Snapchat, and directed by Daniel Ribeiro and Rafael Lessa. Her second feature, “TWO IRENES”, directed by Meira, premiered at Berlinale 2017 and received the awards of Best First Film and Best Cinematography at Guadalajara FICG 2017.
Lacuna Filmes is a production company based in São Paulo, Brazil. It was created in 2006 by Diana Almeida and Daniel Ribeiro, focused on producing content for film, TV and internet.
Among its productions is CAFÉ COM LEITE(YOU, ME AND HIM), a short film that was screened at over 80 film festivals worldwide and won the Crystal Bear at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival; and EU NÃO QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO(I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE) that has been screened at more than 100 film festivals, having received 80 awards worldwide.
In 2014 LACUNA released its first feature film, HOJE EU QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO(THE WAY HE LOOKS). The film got its world premiere at the Berlinale 2014, receiving the FIPRESCI Prize and the Teddy Award. HOJE EU QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO has already been screened over 70 festivals, receiving 38 awards. Handled by FILMS BOUTIQUE, the film was sold to 24 countries such as USA, France, UK and Hong Kong. It’s also had an impressive theatrical performance. Released in Brazil April/2014, with only 33 screens, sold more than 200.000 tickets, grossed over US$ 1.000.000 and was the 18th highest grossing Brazilian film of the year at Brazilian theaters. HOJE EU QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO was chosen the Brazilian entry at the Oscars 2015.
In 2015, released on ESPN Brazil the documentary THE DISCREET CHARM OF A CHAMPION (O DISCRETO CHARME DE UMA CAMPEÃ), directed by Fabio Meira, about the former player of the Brazilian volleyball team, Fofão and in 2016, filmed the documentary VERISSIMO, directed by Angelo Defanti, about the most beloved Brazilian author, Luis Fernando Verissimo, currently in post-production.
In 2016, released the short film LOVE SNAPS, directed by Daniel Ribeiro and Rafael Lessa, screened at the Rio Film Festival and Mix Brasil.
In 2017, Lacuna Filmes released the feature film TWO IRENES (AS DUAS IRENES), directed by Fabio Meira, at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival
In 2018, released the film 45 DAYS AWAY FROM YOU (45 DIAS SEM VOCÊ), directed by Rafael Gomes.
In 2019, the film MUSIC FOR BLEEDING HEARTS (MÚSICA PARA CORTAR OS PULSOS), also directed by Gomes, premiered at NewFest (New York) and was also screened at Brasilia Film Festival and Mix Brasil.
Lacuna is currently in development of the projects PRESA, SAHAR and TANTO MAR, and fundraising for AMANDA E CAIO.