‘Carvão / Charcoal’
“Carolina has an original voice with an acid, peculiar humour”
Brazilian screenwriter and director Carolina Markowicz is known for capturing authentic characters and human stories. She has written and directed six short films selected to around 300 festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Toronto, SXSW, AFI and has been awarded more than 70 times – leading Markowicz to be heralded by Indiewire amongst “the world’s most exciting new filmmakers”.
The Orphan is the most recognized short film of her career. It premiered in The Director’s Fortnight – Cannes and was the winner of the Queer Palm, being the first Brazilian film ever to win this award. Based on actual events, it tells the story of Jonathas, a young boy who has been adopted and ‘returned’ to the orphanage due to his effeminate mannerisms. Switching from grippingly raw to stylised and dreamy in some moments, Markowicz creates a vivid portrait of how one’s burgeoning sexuality can threaten a cis-family unit’s construction.
Outside of film circles, Markowicz is already well known in Latin America’s advertising world. She was a copywriter at São Paulo’s leading agencies before becoming a sought-after commercial director. This understanding of the agency and client’s inner workings and expectations is an asset she brings to craft bold, culture-shifting brand stories.
A filmmaker with an effortless power for storytelling, Carolina fearlessly experiments with aesthetics. Her films are surreal, subversive and laced with a dark sense of humour.
In 2020 Carolina won the prestigious International Emmy for the Netflix series ‘Nobody is Looking’, of which she is a co-creator. In 2021, Carolina was invited to be a member of AMPAS, the Academy responsible for the Oscars. Always one to push forward, Markowicz will release two feature films in 2022/23: ‘Charcoal’, premiering at TIFF in competition, and ‘Toll’, awarded by Tribeca All Access development program and selected to Torino Film Lab Extended and Berlinale Co-Production Market.