Alice Júnior

(Alice Júnior)
Gil Baroni | Comedy, Fiction

2019 | 87 minutes | Brazil

Alice Júnior is a celebration of rebellious youth that offers the potential for future generations to rethink outdated perspectives of gender, sexuality, and differences as a whole.


Alice Júnior is a carefree, spoiled trans YouTuber with everything she could ask for: an apartment in a cool beach town, a loving dad, her own advice vlog, an almost-win on Teen Top Model, and a cat named Rhinoceros. So, when her father announces their move from the vibrant Brazilian city of Recife to a small, conservative town in the south and to an old-fashioned catholic school, Alice has to prepare herself for the prudery and small-mindedness she will confront there. The teenager, however, doesn’t let the initial hostility get her down. Alice releases her truest survival instinct to make her new schoolmates and teachers rethink their conservative ways, and catch her long-overdue first kiss: by being loud and unapologetically herself.

With fast-moving cuts set to pop samples and sound effects, a hint of glitz, and a bagful of emojis, this coming of age gem is a breath of fresh air; a reminder that even amidst heavy socio-political turmoil stories of trans-Brazilians radiate life, joy, and infinite possibility.

Alice Júnior is a celebration of rebellious youth that offers the potential for future generations to rethink outdated perspectives of gender, sexuality, and differences as a whole.


"In a time when identities are being called into question, and conservative lawmakers throughout the world are attempting to silence the spectrum of identity that exists, to have a positive portrayal of a fourteen-year-old accepted by her family and supported in her identity is valuable and important." — Beth Carpenter, Student Support and Engagement Librarian, University at Buffalo, EMRO

"A contemporary, social media infused riff on some of the classics of the genre with its own distinctive flavor, that delivers an engaging, lovable and inspiring central character." — James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

"Another example of how innovative and sublime queer movies made in Brazil really are." — Edge Network

"A brazen and delightful film, proving once again that even the most challenging times, Brazil is leading the way in LGBTQ+ narratives." — Irish Film Institute

"This one-of-a-kind charmer infuses the spirit of classic high school films such as Mean Girls and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with an electricity that will leave you buzzing with warmth and energy." — New Fest

Main credits

Baroni, Gil (film director)
Celestino Mota, Anne (actor)
Rosset, Emmanuel (actor)
Schier, Thais (actor)
Tomeleri, Andréa (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Rentao Ogata; editor, Pedro Giongo.

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Berlin International Film Festival - Crystal Bear, Generation 14plus Best Film
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - Winner, Felix Award for Best Brazilian Film
Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Music
L.A. Outfest - Special Mention for International Narrative Feature
Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Gil Baroni


YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Comedy, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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