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Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Portugal, France, Brazil 2016 118 mins. In Portuguese, English, Mandarin, Mirandese, Latin

Winner of the Best Director award at the Locarno Film Festival, Rodrigues’s The Ornithologist follows a man’s journey on a remote river in Portugal in search of rare birds. When his kayak capsizes, he is saved by two Christian Chinese women on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. They are but the first of a cast of strange characters who will engage him in a transformational spiritual and metaphysical journey through sprawling, often psychedelic forests. Rodrigues’s exotic, pastoral meditation on landscape, ethnography, and personal transcendence is a visually ravishing, profoundly hypnotic experience. In Portuguese, English, Mandarin Chinese, Mirandese, and Latin with English subtitles. Adult audiences.

Reviews: Cinema Scope 1, Cinema Scope 2, Brooklyn Magazine, In Review Online (third review), The New York Times (last review)

Interviews: Interview with João Pedro Rodrigues at Cinema Scope, Interview with João Pedro Rodrigues at Filmmaker Magazine


Filmography: The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012), To Die Like a Man (2009), Two Drifters (2005), O Fantasma (2000)