Distribution of the short film "Improvisa" by Maria Alves Tobias
Distribution of the short film "Improvisa" by Maria Alves Tobias
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When a young couple signs up for an improvisation workshop, hoping for a fun new experience, they unexpectedly find their relationship put to the test. The workshop unleashes hidden insecurities and leads to unforeseen, emotionally-charged outcomes that threatens to redefine relationships.

 

Poster of the short film "Improvisa"
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When a young couple signs up for an improvisation workshop, hoping for a fun new experience, they unexpectedly find their relationship put to the test. The workshop unleashes hidden insecurities and leads to unforeseen, emotionally-charged outcomes that threatens to redefine relationships.
Poster of the short film "Improvisa"

IMPROVISA

Brazil  2024 / 19′

a film by
Maria Alves Tobias

with
Isadora Britto
Fred Volkmann
Fábio Nunes
Jhenny Emerick
Andreza Dias
Beatriz Arpal
Felipe Batista
Felipe Coutinho
Gabeu Cândido
Jonas Rainbolt
Lay Pinheiro
Lucas Mugen
Michael Di’Martino
Nicole Pinheiro
Ohanna Salles

Screenplay Maria Alves Tobias
Director of Photography Thiago Tuchu
Editor Miguel Leite Moraes
Sound Geral Rita Macedo
Producer

Isadora Brittos
Max Gleiser
Letícia Camargo

Production Abalu Produções
Distribution Esen Studios

Production of the short film "Improvisa"
Maria Alves Tobias, director

Maria Alves Tobias

Maria Alves Tobias grew up in a low-income neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil. Her childhood was marked by poverty and inequality. She found solace in filmmaking, using her camera as a tool to shed light on her community’s struggles. Maria’s early films focused on the everyday realities of urban life in Brazil, capturing the beauty and resilience of the people around her.

Director statement

Improvisation is created spontaneously, without preparation, and therefore is a representation of our uncensored thoughts and feelings. In improvisation, whatever comes out of us, if it is in music, dance or prose, is a true and raw reflection of the inner self, which is why Jazz and the other improvisational arts are so engaging, and why they resonate with audiences so deeply. Simply put, people both recognize and appreciate that which is real.
‘Improvisa’ was born from real life experiences in improvisation workshops and working with actors while improvising scenes. In the film, Lisa, who is usually reserved and timid, is encouraged by the improvisation exercise to “let loose” which her controlling partner does not appreciate. The workshop quickly leads both Lisa and Michel to expose their true thoughts and feelings, both to themselves, and to each other. Seeing each other for who they are, perhaps for the first time, leads the two to recalibrate their feelings towards each other and reconsider their relationship.

Gallery of the short film