2021 İstanbul Golden Tulip Best Film

The winner of the grand prize of the 40th Istanbul Film Festival's International Competition, the Golden Tulip, Madalena opens with the image of the dead body of the titular trans woman Madalena, discovered lying in a soy field, dressed in white. Afterwards, we observe three people who are not connected with each other but related somehow to Madalena: Luziane, a club hostess, who survives by the skin of her teeth; wealthy Cristiano tries to prove himself to his demanding father, the owner of soy fields; Bianca and her girlfriends divide Madalena's things between them. Set in the rarely filmed agrarian western Brazil, where director Marcheti was born, Madalena critically observes our hinged off world and Brazil, which has the highest rate of murder of trans people in the world.