Beatriz's War

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Beatriz's War
Directed byLuigi Acquisto
Bety Reis
Written byIrim Tolentino
StarringIrim Tolentino
Augusta Soares
Music byJamie Saxe
CinematographyValeriu Campan
Release date
  • 17 September 2013 (2013-09-17)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryEast Timor
Budget$200,000 AUD[1]

Beatriz's War (Portuguese: A Guerra da Beatriz) is a 2013 drama film directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis. It is the first full-length feature film to be produced by East Timor.[1][2] Its premiere was on 17 September 2013 in Dili. The film was shown in the first month to 30,000 East Timorese at outdoor screenings.[1] It was screened at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival.[3]


The film is based on the story of Martin Guerre[4] in 16th-century France, transplanted into the setting of East Timor during the Indonesian occupation. The film revolves around the life of a young East Timorese woman named Beatriz. The story begins with Beatriz meeting her future husband, Tomas, as children. The two marry young and soon after their wedding the Indonesian invasion of East Timor begins. Beatriz fights for her true love and her country.


  1. ^ a b c "Fresh start for East Timor's film scene". Sydney Morning Hearld. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Beatriz's War". The Film Catalogue. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Beatriz's War". Adelaide Film Festival. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
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