South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Title: Madame Sat�
Director: Karim A�nouz
Specs: Brazil / Portugal 2002 35mm 105min subtitled
We pay tribute to an Australian filmmaker, Philip Brooks, who died last year. This is the last feature film he produced.
This is a beautifully crafted, sumptuous investigation of the pre-fame life of the Rio Carnival legend, Jo�o Francisco Dos Santos. Set in the seedy Lada district (Brazil's Montmartre) of the 1930s, A�nouz magically weaves the key characters and social factors that drive this charismatic fighting cat with a Josephine Baker obsession.
Flamboyant and volatile, Jo�o lives with, and fiercely protects, his two �wives� (the prostitute and mother, Laurita, and the doe-eyed queen, Taboo) and despite his instincts falls for the handsome petty criminal, Renatinho. Jo�o might live on the edge of squalor and fight each day as it arrives, but his dreams are firmly fixed on becoming the star of his own cabaret act; a dream that he pursues, and his loyal �family� supports, despite bouts in prison, regular brawls, and seemingly insurmountable prejudice.
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Jhb Wed 17 / 8pm Fri 19 / 6pm Sat 20 / 10.30pm
CT Mon 22 / 10pm Wed 24 / 10.30pm Fri 26 / 8.30pm
Dbn Sat 3 / 10.15pm
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