Madalena (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films
  • 1h 25m
  • Brazil
Last Chance to Rent May 7, 6:00 PM ET

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In this hauntingly oblique yet vivid moral drama, set in a rural Brazilian town, three characters’ lives are affected in different ways by the death of Madalena, a local trans woman whose body is found in one of the vast soybean fields that stretch across the region. For cisgender Luziane (Natália Mazarim) and Cristiano (Rafael de Bona), a bar hostess and a wealthy soy farm scion, respectively, her death occasions vastly different kinds of rupture, while for Bianca (Pâmella Yule), a trans woman and friend of the deceased, it is a more tragically matter-of-fact instance of increasing violence perpetrated on their community. Director Madiano Marcheti’s almost sidelong approach—with Madalena providing the film’s structuring absence—is a provocative challenge to conventional narrative and a rebuke to formulaic depictions of trauma.


Madiano Marcheti





Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
Madalena Q&A

A conversation with director Madiano Marcheti moderated by NDNF Co-Chair and MoMA film programmer La Frances Hui.

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