Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1959. Playwright, set designer, screenwriter and art director, she started her career in the early 1980s at La MaMa Experimental Theater, in New York. She co-directed Foreign Land (1995, 29th Mostra) with Walter Salles. The duo also directed Midnight (1999, 23rd Mostra) and Linha de Passe (2008, 37th Mostra). In 2009, she co-directed with Felipe Hirsch the feature Sunstroke, screened at the 33rd Mostra. Vazante (2017, 41st Mostra) was her solo debut in directing a feature. Daniela was also one of the directors of the collective film Half the Sky (2018, 42nd Mostra).