Every year in Amazonia a football tournament takes place that beats any other tournament in terms of size and eccentricity. For 5 months more than 1000 teams from all parts of society are competing against each other.
But it's not all about the beauty of football. Female beauty plays a vital role, too. By the rules of the Peladão every participating team has to present a beauty queen. For the success of a team having a beautiful queen is even more important than having skilled players: if a team loses its games and gets eliminated its beauty queen can bring it back into the tournament if she succeeds in the tournament's own beauty contest.
"PELADÃO - Soccer Teams and Beauty Queens" takes you to this exotic and crazy event. The film follows six protagonists on their way through the tournament telling a story of triumph, of broken dreams, of ambition and the passion for football and female beauty.
"PELADÃO - football teams and beauty queens" was shot on 16mm and MiniDV between Semptember and November 2004 in Manaus, Brazil.