Vera (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sérgio Toledo
Produced by Sérgio Toledo
Written by Sérgio Toledo
Felipe Daviña
André Macedo
Starring Ana Beatriz Nogueira
Norma Blum
Raul Cortez
Carlos Kroeber
Music by Arrigo Barnabé
Cinematography Luciana de Francesco
Edited by Tércio G. da Mota
Nexus Filmes
Distributed by Embrafilme
Release date
  • October 19, 1986 (1986-10-19)[1]
Running time
87 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Vera is a 1986 Brazilian drama film written and directed by Sérgio Toledo. Shot in São Paulo,[2] it stars Ana Beatriz Nogueira, Norma Blum, Raul Cortez and Carlos Kroeber. The film is based on the life of Anderson Bigode Herzer, a transsexual most known as the author of poems book A queda para o alto (Descending Upwards).[3]


Anderson (birth name "Vera") is a transsexual man who lives in a correctional facility for young people. After a book of verses about his life as a young troubled youth, he meets a benevolent, educated man, who helps him, even allowing him to spend some time at his home, and arranges for a job for him as an intern in his office.

He comes into his gender identity and begins to dress as a man, eventually falling in love with a woman and passing as cisgender to her family.

The film succeeds in focusing on Anderson's personality and feelings until his tragic death.



In 1986, at the Festival de Brasília it won the awards for Best Actress (Nogueira), Best Soundtrack (Arrigo Barnabé), and Best Sound (José Luiz Sasso).[1] In 1987, Nogueira won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival, where Vera was nominated for Best Film.[4] At the Three Continents Festival Nogueira received a Honourable Mention.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Vera" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vera". Afinal. Editora C, University of Texas (65, 86, 92). 1985. 
  3. ^ Rich, B. Ruby (2013). New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut. Duke University Press. p. 152. 
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Prize Winners". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "3ème Festival des 3 Continents – 1987" (in French). Three Continents Festival. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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