Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ “To Die Like a Man,” which ranked second in criticWIRE’s 2009 survey of the best undistributed films, has found a home for U.S. distribution at Strand Releasing. Recently, the film was submitted by Portugal as their official entry for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars. It also competed in the official selection at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and played at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Strand has slated for the film to open in early 2011.
The deal was completed on the eve of BAMcinemathek’s tribute to Rodrigues, which will showcase his previous work, including “Two Drifters,” which Stand also released, and “O Fantasma.” “Man” follows Tonia, a veteran transsexual in Lisbon’s drag shows, as she witnesses the crumbling world around her and the younger artists vying for her star status.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Rodrigues who is an established artist that our team admires,” said Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing in a statement. “His films are daring, thrilling and such a unique voice, you can’t deny his originality handling melodrama.”
The deal was done between Films Boutique’s Jean Christophe Simon and Hu.