Archive Cinema City 2012.

To Die Like a Man

Morrer como um Homem

Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Musical
Country: Portugal, France
Year: 2009
Duration: 133 min

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Scenario: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Catalão, João Rui Guerra da Mata

Cast: Fernando Santos, Alexander David, Gonçalo Ferreira de Almeida, Chandra Malatitch, Jenny Larrue

Programme selection: Special Screenings

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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. Her young boyfriend Rosário insists her to assume the sex change operation that will transform her into a woman. Tonia wants to be the woman that Rosário so desires, but she knows that before God she can never be that woman. Her son, whom she abandoned when he was a child, now a deserter, comes looking for her. To get away from all her troubles she travels to the countryside with Rosário. Lost in an enchanted forest, they come across the enigmatic Maria Bakker and her friend Paula.


João Pedro Rodrigues interrupted his studies in ornithology to attend the Lisbon Theater and Film School. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as an assistant director and editor for Teresa Villaverde and Maria de Medeiros. His short HAPPY BIRTHDAY! participated at the Venice Film Festival in 1997 and received a Special Mention of the Jury. He returned to Venice in 2000 to present his first feature PHANTOM. His second feature TWO DRIFTERS was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as his third film TO DIE LIKE A MAN.