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  Marcelo Gomes

  Brazil, Portugal     104 minutes


Gentle and soft-spoken, Paloma is a transgender woman living a peaceful life in rural Brazil with her loving boyfriend Zé and her young daughter. She picks fruit at a papaya farm in the hopes of saving enough money to have a traditional church wedding, the one thing that will complete her happiness. The local priest’s refusal to marry the couple only fuels Paloma’s determination to realize her dream—but she soon comes face-to-face with the prejudices of her conservative community. No amount of injustice, betrayal, or violence will shake her faith and pride in her family, and in herself. Last at the Festival with his award-winning 2019 documentary Waiting for the Carnival, filmmaker Marcelo Gomes paints an intimate portrait of trans joy and resilience.

 Portuguese with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains scenes of violence against trans women.

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Screenings & Events


Fri, Oct 14 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Marcelo Gomes
*Subject to change


Tue, Oct 18 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Marcelo Gomes
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 17 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.


Film Credits

  •   João Vieira Jr., Nara Aragão
  •   Marcelo Gomes, Armando Praça, Gustavo Campos
  •   Rita M. Pestana
  •   Pierre de Kerchove
  •   Kika Sena, Ridson Reis, Anita de Souza Macedo, Clebia Souza
  •   Moabe Filho, Pedrinho Moreira
  •   O Grivo
  •   Janaina Bernardes, Ernesto, Soto Canny, Manuela Mandler, Ana Saito, Pablo Torrecillas, Emilie Georges, Sata Cissokho
  •   Carnaval Filmes, Gullane, Misti Filmes, Ukbar Filmes

Memory House Casa de Antiguidades

  João Paulo Miranda Maria

  Brazil, France 93 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the Midwestern United States
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri).

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director João Paulo Miranda Maria


In southern Brazil—in a strange Austrian colony of sorts lost in time—indigenous-Black man Cristovam has arrived from the north to take a job at a milk factory. In the face of unrelenting xenophobia and racism, he finds refuge in an abandoned house filled with art objects and folkloric memorabilia that connect him back to his roots. Soon, the mysterious relics start to provoke a metamorphosis within him. Endowed with a newfound sense of identity and power, Cristovam’s quiet forbearance turns to emboldened action—and tension mounts, building to a mythic, stunning conclusion. Rich, evocative photography and an unsettling tone envelop this uncanny tale that unmasks the social, racial, and political tensions facing Brazil today.

 German, Portuguese with subtitles 



Cultural Partner

Logo: French Consulate 268x50

Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)


  Belgium, Brazil, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United States 70 minutes


Outrageous animals, sentimental memories, and mysterious creatures are featured in this program of animated films. From stop-motion wonders to handdrawn oddities, this collection is hilarious, sentimental, and sweet. Featuring works by Taylor Meacham, Benoit Chieux, Gil Alkabetz, Helena Hilario and Mario Pece, Atsushi Wada, Cristina Vilches Estella and Paloma Canonica, Marjolaine Perreten, and Aline Höchli.

To: Gerard (U.S.) tells the heartfelt story about the art of illusion and the magic of inspiring someone to follow their dreams. Excited to share a sweet treat with a friend, Anna must first pass through a spooky forest supposedly haunted by a bearded giant in Melting Heart Cake (France). On One Stormy Night (Germany), a fire burning in the hearth falls in love with a lightning bolt and goes on an adventure to find it. Inspired by true events, Umbrella (Brazil) tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella. A man and his dog show off their hilarious exercise routine in My Exercise (Japan). Souvenir (Spain) uses beautiful stop-motion animation to tell the story of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary journey through their memories. Slugs are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of the city insects. When the stock market hits rock bottom, the bees see only one solution in Why Slugs Have No Legs (Switzerland). The Last Day of Autumn (Switzerland/Belgium/France) finds all of the animals of the forest gathering together for a great bicycle race as winter slowly approaches.

 English, French with subtitles 


Cultural Partners

Logo: Telescope 100x100Logo: Goethe Institut 62x100Logo: French Consulate 268x50Logo: The Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute (Spain) 404x100

“Umbrella” [Short Film]

  Helena Hilario and Mario Pece

  Brazil 8 minutes

Watch Info

This film is available as part of Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)


Inspired by true events, Umbrella tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella.



Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks details the trials and tribulations of growing up for three teenagers as they struggle to navigate the awkwardness of adolescence. Leonardo and Giovanna have been best friends since they were very young. Now, in the midst of their teen years, they are both confronted with the challenges of budding sexuality, the struggle for independence, and defining themselves as adults. When they befriend the new kid in school, Gabriel, their seemingly static world is turned upside down as they question their relationships with one another. If being a teenager isn’t hard enough, their situation is further complicated by Leonardo’s blindness

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