Trailer for Tornar-se um Homem na Idade Média
[Becoming Male in the Middle Ages], 2022.
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Tornar-se um Homem na Idade Média
[Becoming Male in the Middle Ages]
A film by Pedro Neves Marques.

2022. 23 min., super 16mm transferred to video, color, sound. Portuguese spoken.

Mirene and André, and Carl and Vicente, are both couples in their mid-thirties. While Mirene and André struggle with their fertility, Vicente decides to undergo an experimental procedure, implanting an ovary in his body in the hopes of having a child with Carl. A love drama of speculative undertones, Becoming Male in the Middle Ages is an intimate tale about queer sexuality, bodily autonomy, reproductive desires, and the ghost of normativity.

"Mirene and André are a heterosexual couple struggling with infertility issues. Carl and Vicente are a homosexual couple undergoing an experimental procedure in order to have a biological child. The film's classic cinematography contrasts with a science-fictionalised narrative, to deliver an utterly refreshing exploration of gender, reproduction, normativity, and the notion of family. A work that’s food for thought – like the lab-grown meat in its opening scene."

- Ammodo Tiger Competition, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2022.



Written and directed by Pedro Neves Marques
Cast: Isabel Costa, Zé Bernardino, Nuno Nolasco, and Pedro Neves Marques.
Guest starring: Vítor de Andrade, Joana Manuel
Director of Photography Marta Simões
First image assistants: Ana Ramos, Lisa Persson
Second image assistants: João Porto, Francisca Castro, Helena Marina
Original soundtrack by HAUT.
Sound Recordings by Bernardo Theriaga, Rúben Santiago, Pedro Góis
Electricist: Luís Paulo Xein
Art Direction by Joana Cardoso
Edited by Margarida Lucas
VFX by Pedro Neves Marques
Sound Design and Mix by Tiago Matos
Color by Andreia Bertini
Post-Production Studio: Walla Collective
Voice-over studio: Kino Sound Studio
Artwork: Alex Walker
Production director: Catarina de Sousa
Produced by Foi Bonita a Festa
With the kind support of Liverpool Biennial, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and ICA - Instituto do Cinema Português.

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