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The Bride

A Noiva

A film by Sérgio Tréfaut

Starring Joana Bernardo, Hugo Bentes, Lola Dueñas, Hussein Hassan, Rekesh Shahbaz

A European teenager ran away from home to marry a Daesh fighter. She became a bride of the Jihad. Three years later, her life has dramatically changed. She is living in an Iraqi prison camp. Now she has two children to take care of and is pregnant again. She is a 20 years old widow and soon will be put on trial in the Iraqi courts. What have the experience of war and brainwashing done to her?

  • 2022, 81' - Sound 5.1 - Image 1.78:1 - Languages: Arabic, Portuguese, French

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Joana Bernardo - Barbara
Hugo Bentes - The Father
Lola Dueñas - Mrs Gonzalez
Hussein Hassan - General
Rekesh Shahbaz - Colonel


Screenwriter, Director and Producer Sérgio Tréfaut

Executive Producers Mitosfilm, Mehmet Aktas, Lea Drescher

Production Coordination Bruno Cabral

First Assistant Paulo Milhomens

Set Designer Hashim Saci

Image João Ribeiro

Sound Marcelo Lessa

Editing Pedro Filipe Marques

Grading Paulo Américo

Sound Mix Bruno Tarrière

Produced by FAUX

Distributor Paulo Branco

Distribution Alfama Films


Sérgio Tréfaut was born in São Paulo, Brazil, from a Portuguese father and a French mother. After completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris), he started to work in Lisbon as a journalist. His career evolved from there to his eventually becoming a producer and a prize-winning director of documentaries and feature films screened in more than 50 countries. Sérgio Tréfaut has been on the board of the EDN (European Documentary Network) and co-founded and co-directed Doclisboa International Film Festival.

  • Venice International Film Festival 2022

    Orizzonti Competition

  • Seville European Film Festival 2022

    New Waves - Special Prize

  • São Paulo Film Festival 2022

    International Perspective

  • Duhok International Film Festival 2022

    World Cinema Competition

Sérgio Tréfaut


I was in Iraq for the first time in 2012, just after the US army left the country. A bloody civil war was taking place. Bombs were exploding everywhere. Thousands of people were dying. At that time, I was planning a documentary about how the American state theory that free media and free elections
would lead Iraq to a democratic and peaceful country was pure hypocrisy. I had the opportunity to travel between Mosul and Baghdad, and also to the South and Kurdistan. My documentary project collapsed with the rise of ISIS and the occupation of Mosul. The surprisingly high number of western Europeans who joined Daesh as foreign fighters led me to making this fiction film

News about The Bride

The Bride wins Special Prize in Seville European Film Festival 2022

Sérgio Tréfaut's The Bride has received the New Waves Special Prize in Seville European Film Festival 2022.

The Bride in competition at 79th Mostra de Venezia

Sérgio Tréfaut's new film, The Bride, will compete in Orizzonti selection during the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

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