Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2022


Directed by Marcelo Gomes


Director: Marcelo Gomes
Section: Spotlight
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Year: 2022
Language: Portuguese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Kika Sena, Ridson Reis, Anita de Souza Macedo
18+ (no age rating)


A world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN: the struggle of a trans woman for her right to a traditional wedding, with a great leading actress.

Paloma is a devoted mother who works hard on a papaya plantation. She has saved up quite a bit of money for her lifelong dream: to marry her boyfriend Zé in a traditional ceremony. But when the priest refuses the wedding, Paloma finds herself up against not only him, but also the entire rural population. Despite all the prejudice, injustice, and violence, however, Paloma does not allow herself to be shaken in her faith and will.

Meet the director


Marcelo Gomes

Marcelo Gomes was born in Recife, Brazil, where he started a film club at an early age. He studied directing at the University of Bristol, where he made a few short films. His debut feature, CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES, premiered at Cannes in 2005 in the Un Certain Regard section. His second feature film, I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (2009), co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, had its world premiere in the Orrizonti section at the Venice Film Festival. His historical biopic JOAQUIM was selected for the competition of the Berlinale 2017. Two years later, his documentary WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL also premiered in Berlin and was selected for the Master’s Program of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). PALOMA (2022) is Gomes’s latest feature film.


Screenplay: Marcelo Gomes, Armando Praça, Gustavo Campos
Director of Photography: Pierre de Kerchove
Film Editor: Rita M. Pestana
Composer: O Grivo
Production Designer: Marcos Pedroso
Costume Design: Gabi Campos
Sound: Elsa Ferreira
Make-up artist: Donna Meirelles
Casting director: Maria Clara Escobar
Producer: João Vieira Jr, Nara Aragão, Associate Producers: Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Paula Consenza
Production Company: Carnaval Films, Pandora Films
Executive producer: Janaina Bernardes, Ernesto Soto Canny, Manuela Mandler, Ana Saito, Pablo Torrecillas, Emilie Georges, Sata Cissokho
Co-Producer: Ernesto Soto Canny, Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola
World Sales: Memento International