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TO DIE LIKE A MAN

by João Pedro Rodrigues

synopsis

Once upon a time there was a war… In the darkness of the night, a young soldier goes AWOL. Tonia, a veteran transsexual in Lisbon’s drag shows, watches the world around her crumble. The competition from younger artists threatens her star status. Under pressure from her young boyfriend Rosário to assume her female identity, the sex change operation that will transform her into a woman, Tonia struggles against her deeply-held religious convictions. If, on the one hand, she wants to be the woman that Rosário so desires, on the other, she knows that before God she can never be that woman. And her son, whom she abandoned when he was a child, now a deserter, comes looking for her. Tonia discovers that she’s ill. To get away from all her troubles she travels to the countryside with Rosário, on the excuse of visiting his brother. Rosário takes the road of his childhood but will never find the right way. Lost, they find themselves in an enchanted forest, a magical world where they come across the enigmatic Maria Bakker and her friend Paula. And that meeting will turn their whole world on its head…

international title: To Die Like a Man
original title: Morrer Como um Homem
country: Portugal, France
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues
film run: 133'
release date: PT 15/10/2009, FR 28/04/2010
screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Catalão
cast: Fernando Santos, Alexander David, Gonçalo Ferreira de Almeida, Miguel Loureiro, Chandra Malatitch, Cindy Scrash, Jenny Larrue
cinematography by: Rui Poças
film editing: Rui Mourão, João Pedro Rodrigues
art director: João Rui Guerra da Mata
producer: Maria João Sigalho, Judith Nora
production: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam
backing: Eurimages, ICA, RTP, FICA
distributor: Epicentre Films

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Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard
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