Diamantino

Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt

Year: 2019
Running Time: 92
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Country: Portugal, France, Brazil
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Epic
Subjects: LGBTQ
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Diamantino

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Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt


When big-hearted but dimwitted Portuguese soccer hunk Diamantino (Carloto Cotta, Tabu) blows it in the World Cup finals, he goes from superstar to laughing stock overnight. His sheltered worldview is further shattered after learning about the European refugee crisis and he resolves to make amends by adopting an African refugee – only to find that his new “son” is actually an undercover lesbian tax auditor investigating him on the suspicion of corruption. From there, Diamantino gets swept up in a gonzo comic odyssey involving cigarette-smoking evil twins, Secret Service skullduggery, mad science genetic modification, and a right-wing anti-EU conspiracy. Vividly photographed in Super 16mm and featuring the biggest stampedes of giant Pekingese puppies you’ve ever seen, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s genre-blending and gender-bending satire is the high-camp masterpiece of 2019!

Reviews

“Lovably ludicrous. The freshest blast of gonzo comic energy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Part loopily queer sci-fi thriller, part faux-naive political rallying cry, glued together with candyfloss clouds of romantic reverie.”

“Critic’s Pick! Nothing less (and so much more) than the movie the world needs right now.”

“The kind of out-there plot that John Waters might have concocted had he ever taken an extensive screenwriting holiday on XTC in the Algarve. A smart exploration of the transgressive nature of queer desire. Finally, you can have your B-movie cake and eat it with grade-A ideas too.”

“A magical testimony to the transformative power of goodness. Pulls off a rare and delightful feat. It is imaginatively strange, but has a heart big enough to make sense of the insensible.”

“Has the audacity to be silly. But not only silly… it is impressively rooted in the prickly, politically piquant modernist cinema of the late 60s like that of Godard and Pier Paolo Pasolini.”

"In a story involving straight-out-of-a-fairytale evil sisters, hormone-shifting clownfish genes, and massive canine hallucinations, the tender, unexpected love story—mined from Diamantino’s capacity for compassion—turns out to be the beating heart of this Frankensteinian genre film."

“An instant cult classic.”



Awards

  • Grand Prize, Cannes Critics' Week

  • Closing Night, TIFF Midnight Madness

  • Opening Night, NYFF Projections

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Northwest Film Center Portland 1563508800July 19 - July 21, 2019
SIFF Cinema Uptown Seattle 1563508800July 19 - July 25, 2019
Magic Lantern Theatre Spokane 1563508800July 19 - July 25, 2019
Violet Crown - Charlottesville Charlottesville 1563249600July 16, 2019
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1560916800June 19 - June 20, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1560484800June 14 - June 20, 2019
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1560484800June 14 - June 15, 2019
FilmBar Phoenix 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Real Art Ways Hartford 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Ragtag Cinema Columbia 1559707200June 5, 2019
Miami Dade College Tower Theater Miami 1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019
Metrograph New York 1558670400May 24 - May 30, 2019


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