Beatriz’s War in Australian Cinemas
BEATRIZ’S WAR STARTS A LIMITED NATIONAL RELEASE IN AUSTRALIA
WINNER: GOLDEN PEACOCK (BEST FILM), 44th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA
IN COMPETITION: Adelaide International Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Festroia International Film Festival of Portugal
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Big Picture Film Festival, Seoul Art Film Festival
WINNER: Australian Cinematography Awards Gold Award (Best Cinematography) & Judges’ Choice Award
East Timor’s first feature film
(A Guerra Da Beatriz)
In limited Release in Australia
East Timor’s award-winning first feature film, Beatriz’s War (A Guerra da Beatriz), is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. A bold reworking of the 16th century French ‘Martin Guerre’ story, in this adaptation the original story is transposed to Portuguese Timor during the Indonesian occupation of the small colony. Beatriz’s young husband disappears during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, sixteen years later she is troubled by his sudden return; is this man her husband or an impostor? The mysterious stranger presents a chilling metaphor for the unresolved struggles and passions that challenge a new nation’s independence, and a woman’s heart.
This astonishing film from East Timor was made guerrilla-style by the very men and women who fought in the armed resistance and the clandestine movement during the small country’s twenty-four year long war with Indonesia.
Following a sold-out season in Dili, Beatriz’s War has already seen by over 100,000 people across Timor-Leste during the dry season travelling outdoor cinema program of Cinema Lorosaé*.
Beatriz’s War was made in a country with the smallest film industry in the world, East Timor, yet it shone in the country with the world’s biggest, winning the top prize at the prestigious International Film Festival of India!
“A handmade gem” The Guardian
“a searing, soulful story told with clarity.” Filmink
“This passionate film is commendable for its great sense of narration and clear political statement” Claire Denis, Filmmaker and Judge at the International Film Festival India.
“A riveting tale, told simply and with real emotion” Natalie Craig, The Guardian
“Beatriz’s War is more than a knockout re-imagining of Martin Guerre – it’s a great emotional truth about recent history” Greg Burchall, Film Critic.
“Of such films are industries born” Eddie Cockrell, Film Critic, Variety.
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