Madalena

  • 85'
  • Brazil
  • 2021

A broken body in a white dress, lying lifeless in a swaying soya field. Who killed the trans woman Madalena, how and why is never revealed in the Brazilian film Madalena. In his assured debut, director Madiano Marcheti doesn't even reveal how the corpse was discovered. Yet the image of this motionless body lends an extra charge to everything that follows.

Marcheti follows three protagonists in turn. They don't know one another, but are all in some way connected through Madalena. Luziane, a club hostess, knocks on her door for money. Wealthy Cristiano inspects the vast expanse of soya fields for his demanding father. Trans woman Bianca and her girlfriends divide Madalena's things between them while reminiscing.

Marcheti shot the film in the agrarian region where he grew up, capturing with great visual flair this largely unfilmed rural part of Brazil. A place where big agricultural machinery crawls monster-like across the landscape and the farthest corners are known only to drones. A world that can also take on a spooky aspect – now and then, Marcheti inventively gives an eerie twist to even the most everyday scene. Madalena is above all a window on a world that is getting out of control. But Marcheti is also clearly making a statement about his country, which has the highest rate of murder of transgender people in the world. A plea for empathy, rather than pity.

Director
Madiano Marcheti
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Marcos Pieri, Clélia Bessa, Joel Pizzini, Sérgio Pedrosa, Beatriz Martins
Production Companies
Raccord Produçoes, PóloFilme, Viralata TV, Terceira Margem
Sales
WIDE
Screenplay
Madiano Marcheti, Thiago Gallego, Thiago Coelho, Thiago Ortman
Cinematography
Guilherme Tostes, Tiago Rios
Editor
Lia Kulakauskas
Production Design
Rocio Moure
Sound Design
Bernardo Uzeda
Music
Junior Marcheti
Cast
Natália Mazarim, Rafael de Bona, Pamella Yule