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Winner! Critics’ Week Grand Jury Prize, 2018 Cannes Film Festival

When the world’s leading soccer star loses his touch and ends his career in disgrace, he goes on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis and genetic modification, in this delightfully bonkers Portuguese comedy/fantasy/sci-fi/thriller.

“Delightful! Part political satire, part fantasy, part I-don’t-even-know-what, Diamantino is exactly the type of surreal concoction that begs to be discovered by unsuspecting audiences.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

Diamantino (Carloto Cotta, Tabu) is a hunky, Cristiano Ronaldo-esque Portuguese soccer star. After spectacularly losing his mojo at the World Cup, Diamantino plunges into the kind of existential crisis only a clueless and over-paid sports star can have. The forlorn footballer’s search for meaning eventually leads to a conspiracy involving his wicked twin sisters, mad scientists, shady secret agents and a sinister right-wing cabal aiming to force Portugal out of the EU. This is to say nothing of the surreal pageant of gargantuan fluffy puppies that manifest whenever Diamantino sets foot on a soccer field. Born from the imaginations of avant-garde iconoclasts Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, this hilarious genre-blending, gender-bending satire is a crazed potpourri of hot-button topics and campy, Almodóvar -ian hijinks. (Dir. by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018, Portugal/France Brazil, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 92 mins., Not Rated).  Other festivals: Cannes, Toronto, NY | Arizona Premiere