Júlia Murat is a Brazilian director, editor and screenwriter whose films have racked up an impressive 19 film festival wins and 10 nominations. Called “an unobtrusive observer with a strong and confident visual sense,” by The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, Murat studied design before enrolling in the Darcy Ribeiro Film School. Her earliest efforts included shorts, experimental videos and television commercials before breaking out to feature-length documentaries like Father’s Day (2008) and the fictional feature Stories Only Exist When Remembered (2011), which had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won several awards at major international film festivals. Her 2017 film Pendular garnered several nominations and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and the Uruguay International Film Festival.
Last year, her film Rule 34 was announced as having been chosen for the 2019 Berlinale Co-Pro Market, where 600 international producers and financiers met to examine potential partnerships and to host 37 feature film projects. In 2019, a full 49% of the titles chosen were by female filmmakers. Most recently, Murat co-wrote the screenplay for Matias Mariani’s film Shine Your Eyes, which was released in February 2020.