Film - International Independents


Directed by Carolina Markowicz


Director: Carolina Markowicz
Section: International Independents
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Year: 2023
Language: Portuguese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Maeve Jinkings, Kauan Alvarenga, Thomás Aquino, Aline Marta Maia, Isac Graça
18+ (no age rating)


A comedy whose black humor addresses double standards, absurdity, and normality.

17-year-old Tiquinho is an openly queer influencer. This doesn’t suit his mother, Suellen, who’s convinced that she only wants what’s best for her son. She pressures him to undergo the expensive conversion therapy provided by an evangelical cult. But without the money to pay for what she thinks is right, she resorts to criminal means.

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Photocredits: Director Photo: Carlyle Routh


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Meet the director


Carolina Markowicz

Carolina Markowicz lives and works in São Paulo. Her short films EDIFÍCIO TATUAPÉ MAHAL (2014) and O ÓRFÃO (2018) have received numerous awards. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab, where she was mentored by Wim Wenders. Her first feature-length film, CARVÃO, later had its grand premiere at that festival in 2022. PEDÁGIO is her second feature-length film.


Screenplay: Carolina Markowicz
Director of Photography: Luis Armando Arteaga
Film Editor: Lautaro Colace, Ricardo Saraiva
Costume Design: Marcia Nascimento
Sound: André Bellentani, Filipe Derado
Producer: Bianca Villar, Fernando Fraiha, Karen Castanho, Carolina Markowicz
Production Company: Biônica Filmes
Co-Producer: Luís Urbano
Co-Production Company: O Som e a Fúria
World Sales: Luxbox