Based on an original story by Plínio Marcos, the film delves into Brazil’s drug trade underworld in the 1970s. Inspired by a real character from the Santos Metropolitan Area, the Devil Queen comes to life through a remarkable performance by Milton Gonçalves, and has since become a major icon for Brazilian LGBT cinema. The film’s dazzling visuals were conceived with the help of Hélio Oiticica, and its bloody violence was a landmark at the time following its premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. This newly restored version arrives at Olhar de Cinema after its screening at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. (E.V.)Restoration and creation of the 4K DCP copy was carried out by Janela de Cinema de Recife in partnership with Cinelimite and the Link Digital/Mapa Filmes laboratory. The process was overseen by the restorer Débora Butruce based on negatives and positives from the National Archives and the CTAv.
Antônio Carlos da Fontoura
Born in São Paulo in 1939, but based in Rio de Janeiro since he was ten years old, Fontoura has a degree in geology and made his way towards cinema through the Popular Culture Center at the National Union of Students and through theater in the 1960s. After his debut with award-winning short documentaries, he directed nine feature films across six different decades. Always interested in dramaturgy and narration, his films engage with popular language, which naturally led him to television, creating material for soap operas and TV series.