A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, JoÃ£o Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as "Madame SatÃ£"--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when JoÃ£o Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld--JoÃ£o battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; JoÃ£o's teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough JoÃ£o begins to sing, and the mythic drag artiste Madam SatÃ£ is born.
Director: Karim Ainouz
Writer: Karim Ainouz
Producer: Marc Beauchamps, Isabel Diegues, Vincent Maraval, Mauricio Andrade Ramos and Donald Ranvaud
Cast: LÃ¡zaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Felipe Marques and Emiliano Queiroz
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