Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Isadora 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 (Ammodo Tiger Short Award Winner) [The Netherlands]
[2022] Vilnius International Film Festival [Lithuania]
[2022] Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen [The 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] Melbourne International Film Festival [Australia]
[2022] International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala [India]
[2022] Into The Great Wide Open [Netherlands]
[2022] Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy [Finland]
[2022] Encounters Film Festival [UK]
[2022] Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF [Romania]
[2022] Le Cri du Court [France]
[2022] New York Film Festival [USA]
[2022] IndieCork [Ireland]
[2022] IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam: Return of the Tiger [The Netherlands]
[2022] KFFK - Film Festival Cologne [Germany]
[2022] Festival MiX - Special Selection Programme [Italy]
[2022] Caminhos do Cinema Português [Portugal]
[2022] Entre Olhares [Portugal]
[2022] Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur [Switzerland]
[2022] Dialogues Filmfestival [India]
[2022] Queer Porto [Portugal]
[2022] HOME Artist Film Weekender [UK]
[2022] Shockfest Film Festival [USA]
[2023] KFK - Intersektionaler Kurzfilmklub [Germany]
[2023] PinX [Bélgica]
[2023] Museo Madre [Italy]
[2023] Prémios Curtas (Award for Best Supporting Actor) [Portugal]
[2023] InScience Film Festival [The Netherlands]
[2023] Art Basel [Hong Kong]
[2023] Budapest Gallery [Hungary]
[2023] Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center [USA]
[2023] Encontros de Cinema de Viana [Portugal]
[2023] The Norwegian Short Film Festival [Norway]
[2023] PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art [Canada]
[2023] XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin (Lolly Award) [Germany]
[2023] Casa do Cinema de Coimbra [Portugal]
[2023] Shortcutz Ovar [Portugal]
[2023] Terrapolis [Italy]
[2023] European Film Festival Palic - EFA Shorts [Serbia]
[2023] GAZE LGBTQ+ Film Festival [Ireland]
[2023] Batalha Centro de Cinema [Portugal]
[2023] Leiden Shorts [Italy]
[2023] FIWOM - Film Festival for Women's Rights [Portugal]
[2023] Frames - Portuguese Film Festival [Sweden]
[2023] Cero Uno [Costa Rica]
[2023] Festival Cinespaña [France]
[2023] Sardinia Queer Film Expo [Italy]
[2023] Filmreihe Köln [Germany]
[2023] Cineclube de Pombal [Portugal]
[2024] Arsenal Gallery [Poland]
[2024] Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS [Latvia]

2022, Portugal, 22'

Script: Isadora 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, Isadora Neves Marques, Joana Manuel, Vítor de Andrade