For João Francisco dos Santos (Lázaro Ramos), the bohemian Rio de Janeiro borough of Lapa in the 1930s is both home and inspiration. Hustler and patriarch to a band of outcasts, his hot-temper and agility at capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) make him a figure of equal fear and intrigue. Caught between his artistic desires and the criminal corruption that lands him in jail several times, he transforms himself into Madame Satã, the transvestite legend of Brazil's urban folklore. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

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Writer/director Karim Aïnouz reveals his fascination with the real-life Madame Satã

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Cast: Lázaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Felipe Marques, Emiliano Queiroz, Renata Sorrah, Giovana Barbosa, Ricardo Blat, Guilherme Piva, Marcelo Valle, Floriano Peixoto, Gero Camilo, Gláucio Gomes, Orã Figueiredo

MPAA Rating: NR

Run Time: 1hr 45mins

Release Year: 2002

Country Of Origin: Brazil/France