BBFC RatingDiamantino

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GenreComedy, Drama, Fantasy
DirectorGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
CountryPortugal, France, Brazil
Running Time1HR 37MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

Throwing fascism, colonialism and gender into a cinematic blender, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt serve up a candyfloss farce that’s an absurdist delight.

Everybody wants a piece of Portuguese football superstar Diamantino Matamouros (Carloto Cotta): his trainer father sees a champion, his sisters see a meal ticket, and his country sees a hero. But when he misses the decisive penalty kick in the World Cup final, he begins to question everything he’s ever been told about the world. So far so normal…but that is where normal stops. 

Grand Prix winner of Cannes Critics’ Week, this is a shape-shifting fairy tale, a gender-bending romance, a sci-fi body horror, and an uproarious social satire of modern Europe. Miseducation, fake news, the refugee crisis and the rising tide of right wing nationalism, directors Abrantes and Schmidt deftly dance through these real world traumas. Funny and insightful, it is without doubt the strangest film you will experience this year! 

“Utterly bonkers, heartfelt and perfectly tied together. Goal!” – STEPHANIE WATTS, LITTLE WHITE LIES


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