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by Karim Aïnouz


The film is based on the real person João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976), better known by the name of Madame Satã. He was a 1.78 meter black man weighing 88 kilos of muscle. In turn a bandit, a transvestite, streetfighter, cook, hero, convict and father to seven adopted children. Satã spent most of his years on the hot streets of Lapa, the Montmartre of the Tropics, the bohemian Rio.

international title: Madame Satã
original title: Madame Satã
country: France, Brazil
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Karim Aïnouz
film run: 103'
release date: HU 20/03/2003, NL 27/03/2003, BE 04/06/2003, ES 08/08/2003, FR 13/08/2003
screenplay: Karim Aïnouz
cast: Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Felippe Marques
cinematography by: Walter Carvalho
film editing: Isabela Monteiro de Castro
art director: Marcos Pedroso
costumes designer: Rita Murtinho
music: Marcos Suzano
producer: Walter Salles
production: Wild Bunch Production, Lumière Producties, Videofilmes (BR)
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, Cirko Film (HU), Paradiso Entertainment (NL/BE), Vertigo Films (ES)
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