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6.2
/10
398 Ratings

Diamantino

Portugal, France, 2018
Comedy, Fantasy, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

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 on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

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Diamantino Directed by Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
To say any more would ruin the dizzy charm of this film’s endlessly antic, weirdly relevant plot.
October 03, 2018
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As a scintillating visual experience, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt ‘s Diamantino was the main rival to Godard’s supremacy. . . . In the middle of the game, as the striker bears down on goal, the screen is suddenly filled with pink, fairy floss-like clouds and giant puppies (!). This scene, the most unforgettable of the entire festival, sets the stage for the free-wheeling, eccentric plot that follows.
June 27, 2018
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Abrantes and Schmidt here manage to merge pre-Code sex hijinks, queer irreverence, and pop-art anachronisms into a dazzling, day-glo, sci-fi romance—an ambitious undertaking that hardly lacks for talking points. Shooting on richly textured 16mm celluloid, the directors continue to cut analog beauty with striking digital detritus gathered from all corners of the pop-culture landscape.
May 17, 2018
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