comedy, drama, fantasy / Portugal, France, Brazil / 2018 /
Surrealistic parody of the modern culture that will blow your mind.
Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification and the hunt for the source of genius. Diamatino is a sci-fi, horror, noir, and romantic comedy mashup. Uncanny, surrealistic image that leaves you in shock. It mixes money laundering, soccer star cloning, fascist machinations, evil twins, and giant puppies. It is a dark fairy tale for adults set amid the conflicts of today. It is the story of star-crossed lovers, in the middle of the refugee crisis, the Panama papers, and the rise of the extreme right.
The film is a visual cornucopia – rich, overstuffed, and contradictory. Low budget holograms contrast with sublime landscapes, Hollywood’s cinemascope contrasts with gritty 16mm film. A fascist propaganda ad parody, full of Getty Images, contrasts with the lyricism of our Malick-styled Rheingold «love montage». As any good cartoon oppose to good entertainment it offers a new perspective on what is happening in the world. The football players naïve demeanour ties everything as one, amazing whole. Uncanny cinema of experience.
PREMIERE: Cannes Film Festival 2018
92’ LUBLIN: 28.11 (Wednesday) / at 9:00 p.m. / Centre of Culture / WARSAW: 06.12 (Wednesday) / at 8:00 p.m. / Kinoteka – Sala 1
direction: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt script: Gabriel Abtrantes, Daniel Schmidt direction of photography: Charles Ackley Anderson editing: Gabriel Abrantes, Raphaëlle Martin-Holger, Daniel Schmidt music: Ulysse Klotz, Adriana Klotz cast: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira language: Portuguese subtitles: Polish, English