Diamantino

Portugal/France/Brazil 2018. Dirs: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt. 92 min. DCP

“Wildly entertaining ... A frothy and infectiously sweet film that bubbles with the madness of the modern world.”
DAVID EHRLICH, INDIEWIRE

Diamantino pulls off a rare and delightful feat. It is imaginatively strange, but has a heart big enough to make sense of the insensible.”
SOPHIE MONKS KAUFMAN, SIGHT & SOUND

One of the wackiest, wonkiest, and most inspired debut features in recent memory, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s delightfully deranged satire of modern-day Europe won the Grand Prix at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, with good reason. The candy-coated genre mashup, a 2018 festival favourite, centres on Portuguese soccer superstar Diamantino (Carloto Cotta), a loveable, dimwitted daddy’s boy who attributes his athletic genius to seeing dinosaur-sized “fluffy puppies” on the pitch. When he learns of Europe's refugee crisis, the colossally cute canines disappear and his footie career crumbles; he decides to adopt an orphaned “fugee” boy, who’s actually a Secret Service spy (and an adult woman) investigating Diamantino for money laundering! To reveal much more would do a disservice to the ludicrous inner logic of this silly-veiled smart movie — but trust, by closing credits, Brexit-like EU separatism, sci-fi experimentation, and breasts will have played prominent parts. “The freshest blast of gonzo comic energy at this year’s Cannes” (Guy Lodge, Variety).

 

REVIEWS

“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.”

Globe and Mail | full review

“Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt rustle up one of the year's most singular debuts with this winningly bizarre, genre-melding political satire.”

Variety | full review

“It’s an utter delight to see that theoretical academic musings on gender, love, sexuality and politics can be packaged and reflected upon in such a jocular and constantly entertaining way.”

The Hollywood Reporter | full review