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by Zeze Gamboa


A country: Angola. A city: Luanda. A man whose memories are haunted by war. Forced to join the Angolan army when he was fifteen years old, Vitorio is demobolized after almost twenty years of fighting. He’s lost a leg after stepping on a mine. After months of waiting, he is at last given a prosthesis which he hopes will enable him to begin a new life. In the streets of Luanda he slowly discovers that war is still continuing at every street corner. With Joana, he dreams of impossible love. With Judite, he rediscovers life. With Manu, he invents a family.

original title: O Heroi
country: Portugal, Angola, France
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Zeze Gamboa
film run: 97'
release date: FR 07/12/2005
screenplay: Carla Batista, Pierre-Marie Goulet
cast: Makena Diop, Milton Coelho, Patricia Bull, Maria Ceica, Neusa Borges
cinematography by: Mario Masini
film editing: Anna Ruiz
production: Les Films de l'Après Midi (FR)
distributor: Eurozoom
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