Release dateMay 18, 2004 (2004-05-18) (Cannes)
December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07) (France) WriterCarla Baptista, Pierre-Marie Goulet, Fernando Vendrell Music directorDavid Linx, Diederik Wissels ScreenplayFernando Vendrell, Pierre-Marie Goulet, Carla Baptista CastMakena Diop (Vitorio (as Oumar Makena Diop)), Milton Coelho (Manu (as Milton 'Santo' Coelho)), Patrícia Bull (Joana, the school teacher), Gracy Costa (Rita, a discotheque dancer), Maria Ceiça (Judite, aka Maria Bárbara Simões), Neuza Borges (Flora, the grandmother) Similar moviesHollow City (2004)
The Hero (Portuguese: O Herói) is a film about the life of average Angolans after the Angolan Civil War. The film follows the lives of four individuals; Vitório, a war veteran crippled by a landmine who returns to Luanda, Manu, a young boy searching for his soldier father, Joana, a teacher who mentors the boy, and Judite (later known as Maria Barbara), a prostitute who begins a romantic relationship with Vitório. Directed by Zézé Gamboa, The Hero won the 2005 Sundance World Dramatic Cinema Jury Grand Prize. It is a joint Angolan, Portuguese, French production, but was filmed entirely in Angola.
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