East Timor’s Historic First Feature Film




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East Timor’s award-winning 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. It is 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. Produced in the country with the smallest film industry in the world it won the top prize at the prestigious International Film Festival of India.

Following a sold-out season in Dili, Beatriz’s War has already seen by over 100,000 people across Timor-Leste and has had a successful cinema release in Australia.

Language: Tetun & Indonesian. English Subtitles. Running time: 105mins

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WINNER: GOLDEN PEACOCK (BEST FILM), 44th International Film Festival of India

WINNER: Australian Cinematography Awards Gold Award (Best feature) & Judges’ Choice Award

IN COMPETITION: Adelaide International Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival,

Festroia International Film Festival of Portugal, Asia Pacific Screen Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Big Picture Film Festival, Seoul Art Film Festival, Festival de Douarnenez