Icarus tells the story of the coming-of-age of a twenty-year-old transgender boy and his decision to start living as who he really is - plus the problems it entails.

  • Mariana Ramos
    Sent to Hell (2015), Álibi (2015)
  • Mariana Ramos
    Sent to Hell (2015), Álibi (2015)
  • Catarina Calças
    Key Cast
    Álibi (2015)
  • Bernardo Conceição
    Key Cast
  • David Afonso
    Key Cast
    Álibi (2015)
  • Rebeca Fernandes
    Key Cast
  • André Carmo
    Key Cast
  • Adriano Ferreira
    Key Cast
    Memoirs (2015), Fade to Black (2016)
  • Susana Silva
    Key Cast
    Sent to Hell (2015), Iluminado (2016)
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    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2016
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    Digital HD 1080p
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  • Shortcutz Faro
    April 1, 2016
    Public's Choice Award
Director Biography - Mariana Ramos

Born in Olhão, Portugal, in 1996, Mariana Ramos is currently attending University of Algarve, taking a degree in Communication Sciences. Throughout the years, has participated in several cultural and artistic projects - however, their interests lie in the storytelling area, and is currently specializing in Film inside their chosen university course. Has co-directed the short films Álibi (2015) and Sent to Hell (2015); Icarus (2016) was their first solo project.

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Director Statement

Icarus was developed in a five-day film workshop at University of Algarve, with only three of those days for script writing, rehearsal, shooting and editing.
The purpose was to tell a story with the theme "Being twenty" - but I wanted to take that opportunity to tell the unsung story of transgender boys, a demographic that is fairly invisible from mass media and society itself.
Being twenty is a scary period in everyone's lives: the teen years are gone, the adult life looms over us and the urgency to start doing something grows unbearable.
And for someone whose life decisions concern such a big identity assertion and such a change in how society will view them, I found Icarus to be the embodiment of a twenty-year-old: afraid, yet determined. Anxious, yet a rebel. Lost, yet free. With dangers and risk towering above him, but willing to take a chance and be true to himself.
But Icarus wouldn't have been possible without the technical help from our assistance directors, the guidance of our Professor, and the devotion of our actors - who are sensible, open-minded people who are always in for a good story.