A Film by Fabiana Serpa


Princess Therese of Bavaria, is an emancipated researcher and writer who travels to Brazil in 1888 accompanied by her lady-in-waiting Franziska Von Lerchenfeld and her traveling Marshal Maximilian von Speidel in a four-month expedition. All the time she is incognito under the name Countess Von Elpen on the way and collects plants and animals, for her research work in Munich. The group is led by José Augusto, a local guide. The cultural contrast between Therese and José creates tensions within the group, as José Augusto, who does not know her noble ancestry, refuses to take instructions from a woman. They are on the last leg of their journey to Rio de Janeiro, and will arrive there in two days. But dangerous wild animals, tropical rain and a serious illness force them to change their plans.


  • Picture of Fabiana Serpa © Fabiana Serpa

    Fabiana Serpa

    I am a German-Brazilian Filmmaker. In 2010, I graduated in Graphic Design, specialising in Moving Image and Photography from Central Saint Martins in London. Now I am currently doing a Master at ZHdK in Zürich. My background is in Motion Design and Post Production, where I have worked in the London Studio Momoco, and at São Paulo’s largest animation production company Vetor Zero and After a few years. I had the opportunity to start directing, mainly advertising and branded content for ParanoidBR, where one of the branded contents I co-directed won several awards, including a gold Lion in Cannes. I read the biography of Therese of Bavaria a couple of years ago, and it was then that I found the story I wanted to bring to the big screen.

Awards + Festivals

  • 72nd FESTIVAL OF CANNES (Short Film Corner, Cannes, France)May 14, 2019
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS 2019 - FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 34th ALPINALE Short Film Festival (Official Competition, Nenzing, Austria)August 6, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE - FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019
  • 3rd SYMI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Island of Symi, Greece)September 16, 2019
  • 1st MAYNARD IBERO AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Offiical Selection, Maynard, MA, USA)October 16, 2019
  • 17th SHNIT WORLDWIDE SHORTFILMFESTIVAL (National Competition Swiss Made Program, Bern, Switzerland)October 17, 2019
  • 2nd TAMPA BAY LATIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)October 18, 2019
  • 15th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2019
  • 24th CAMINHOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Coimbra, Portugal)November 23, 2019
  • 2nd SAO PAULO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, São Paulo, Brazil)December 12, 2019
  • 6th BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Borrego Springs, CA, USA)January 16, 2020
  • 10th CA' FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Venice, Italy)March 25, 2020


Fabiana Serpa
Fabiana Serpa
Pedro Betti
Director of Photography
Nino Michel
Art Direction
Jimena Cugat
Costume Design
Jimena Cugat
Rodrigo Macedo
Ricardo Saraiva
Sound Design
Jan Gubser
David Bessler


Anna Maria Sturm
José Augusto
Plínio Soares
Katharina Leonore Goebel
Maximilian Von Speidel
Raphael Dwinger
Imperial Guard
Arthur Lopes


Running Time
29:58 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby 5.1



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Filippo Bonacci


Fabiana Serpa