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12 Stars: Ali Abbasi on Diamantino

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

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed Border director Ali Abbasi to introduce Diamantino and reflect on European cinema and identity at this time of profound cultural and geo-political transition.

Image from Diamantino Dir-Scr Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

Portugal-France-Brazil 2018
Dir Gabriel Abrante, Daniel Schmidt
English subtitles
Courtesy of Modern Films

Portugal’s top football player’s genius has a strange manifestation – every time he faces the goal, his vision fills with giant fluffy puppies bounding through pink powder. When an encounter with some refugees throws sadness into his unblemished psyche, he is left with a profound desire: fatherhood. Mix in some lesbian secret police investigating offshore accounts, a nationalistic plot to leave the EU, and psychopathic twin sisters and you have a satire that’s queer, contemporary and fantastically good fun.

In partnership with EUNIC: European Union National Institutes for Culture.

Tickets on sale to BFI Champions Sat 9 Feb 11:30, to BFI Members Sat 9 Feb 12:30 and to the public from Mon 11 Feb 11:30.


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