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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.

Dir-Scr Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Prod Justin Taurand, Maria João Mayer, Daniel van Hoogstraten
With Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares
Portugal-France-Brazil
2018
92min
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Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, is gloriously dumb and sweet-hearted. However, his footie 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 suddenly throws sadness into his previously unblemished psyche, he is left with a profound desire: fatherhood. Mix in some lesbian secret police investigating offshore accounts in Panama, a nationalistic plot to get Portugal to leave the EU, along with Diamantino’s psychopathic twin sisters and you have a satire that’s queer, contemporary and fantastically good fun. Abrantes and Schmidt return to Experimenta after rightfully scooping the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes, delivering a film that shines bright like a... joyful postmodern political fantasy.

Kate Taylor


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