30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Ornithologist Portugal, France, Brazil 2016 | 118 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

João Pedro Rodrigues

rated for 0 + years
Ornithologist Fernando is kayaking along a quiet river in Northern Portugal on the look-out for black storks when he gets into difficulties in some rapids. His boat capsizes and he is rescued by two Chinese women on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This isn't the only unusual encounter experienced by the twitcher. On his way through the forest, he makes the acquaintance of some drunken men dressed as shamans. He slips in to a gay affair that ends fatally and is watched by suspicious birds. This obstacle course of bizarre tests leads step by step to the complete transformation of Fernando: he becomes a new person and a reformed character. The Ornithologist is a brilliant, mystical jigsaw, full of twists and surprises, at the same time both disturbing and inspiring.
Original title: O Ornitólogo
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Portuguese, English, Mandarin, Mirandese, Latin
Section: Vitrina
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues
Cast: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan, Juliane Elting
Producer: João Figueiras, Diogo Varela Silva, Vincent Wang, Antoine Barraud, Gustavo Ángel, Alex García, Maria Fernanda Scardino
Director of Photography: Rui Poças
Music: Séverine Ballon
Production Design: João Rui Guerra da Mata
Editor: Raphaël Lefèvre
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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World Sales: Films Boutique
Production: Blackmaria; House on Fire; Ítaca Filmes
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