Natalia Leite

Natalia Leite is a writer-director-actor, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her 2015 feature film debut, Bare, starred Dianna Agron, Paz De La Huerta and Chris Zylka and was released by IFC Films and Paramount Pictures. She often deals with sexuality in her work, which has been described as having “a bracing, assertive style” (Variety), “emotional intelligence and sensitivity” (Los Angeles Times), and as “cementing the reign over highly stylized and sexually progressive dramas” (Slant). Her second feature, M.F.A., a psychological thriller centered around rape crimes in a university, stars Francesca Eastwood and was released by Dark Sky Films this fall. She also directs music videos and commercials, and is a frequent contributor to Vice Media. She created the provocative Vice show Every Woman, which has garnered over 8 million views, and co-created and starred in the series Be Here Nowish on Vimeo. Her work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vogue, among other publications.


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The Politics of Female Orgasms in Hollywood

By Natalia Leite | January 16, 2018

The Politics of Female Orgasms in Hollywood

Natalia Leite explores the problematic way in which American films depict female sexual pleasure.

Why Women Need to Tell Rape Stories

By Natalia Leite | November 8, 2017

Why Women Need to Tell Rape Stories

Director Natalia Leite scrutinizes the rape-revenge genre, and questions why these films are always made by men …