The Hero (2004 film)
French theatrical poster.
|Directed by||Zézé Gamboa|
|Produced by||Fernando Vendrell|
|Written by||Carla Baptista
|Starring||Oumar Makena Diop
Milton 'Santo' Coelho
|Music by||David Linx
|Edited by||Anna Ruiz|
The Hero (Portuguese: O Herói) is a 2004 Angolan-Portuguese-French film directed by Zézé Gamboa. It was filmed on location in Angola and won the World Dramatic Competition Grand Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
The Hero follows the intersecting lives of four individuals living in Luanda in the wake of the Angolan Civil War: Vitório, a war veteran crippled by a landmine in search of a job; Manu, a ten year old boy searching for his father four years after his disappearance; Joana, a second-grade teacher who mentors Manu; and Judite/Maria Barbara, a prostitute who begins a romantic relationship with Vitório.
In addition to its Sundance award, The Hero received awards from over twenty-five other film festivals.
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