Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Pedro Neves Marques

Mirene and André, and Carl and Vicente, are both couples in their mid-thirties. While Mirene and André struggle with their fertility, Vicente decides to undergo an experimental procedure, implanting an ovary in his body in the hopes of having a child with Carl. A love drama of speculative undertones, “Becoming Male in the Middle Ages” is an intimate tale about queer sexuality, bodily autonomy, reproductive desires, and the ghost of normativity.


[2022] IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam (Vencedor Prémio Ammodo Tiger Short) [The Netherlands]
[2022] Vilnius International Film Festival [Lithuania]
[2022] Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen [Netherlands]
[2022] IndieLisboa - International Film Festival [Portugal]
[2022] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany]
[2022] Vienna Shorts [Austria]
[2022] Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg [Germany]
[2022] Leiden Shorts [The Netherlands]
[2022] Short Waves [Poland]
[2022] Festival MiX [Italy]
[2022] Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival [Portugal]
[2022] Bourgas International Film Festival [Bulgaria]
[2022] MIEFF - Moscow International Experimental Film Festival [Russia]
[2022] Melbourne International Film Festival [Australia]

2022, Portugal, 22'

Script: Pedro Neves Marques
Cinematography: Marta Simões
Sound: Bernardo Theriaga
Editing: Margarida Lucas
​Production: Catarina de Sousa / Foi Bonita a Festa
Cast: Isabel Costa, Zé Bernardino, Nuno Nolasco, Pedro Neves Marques, Joana Manuel, Vítor de Andrade