Milton Gonçalves in A Rainha Diaba (1974)
Milton Gonçalves in A Rainha Diaba (1974)
A Rainha Diaba (1974)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

A Rainha Diaba

Antonio Carlos de Fontoura | Brazil | 1974 | Unclassified (18+)

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Wed 1 Nov 2023

Inspired by the life of Rio de Janeiro criminal João Francisco dos Santos – who also served as the basis for 2002’s Madame Satã – Fontoura’s ground-breaking depiction of the cross-dressing, gay drug queenpin is unashamedly excessive, embracing a camp, transgressive aesthetic entirely at odds with the military dictatorship then ruling Brazil. Selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes but mostly unseen since, the film’s triumphant 4K restoration screened at the Sao Paulo Film Festival in 2022. Stars Milton Gonçalves and features a wonderful score by Guilherme Magalhães Vaz.

Format: DCP
Language: Portuguese with English intertitles
Source: Cinelimite
Runtime: 100 mins

Event duration

100 mins


Unclassified (18+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The 1960s was a time of great upheaval in Brazil, as it was the world over. During this rich cultural period cinema went through a moment of radical flux, as did music and the other visual arts. Shadowed by a decade of repressive dictatorship, censorship decrees, and an exodus of dissidents, many of the films produced experimented with narrative, design, collage and music...

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Now! Crime, politics and revolution in 1960s Brazilian cinema

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