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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France, 97 min.
With Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 15th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 16th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 17th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Jun 18th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jun 19th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jun 20th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

“One of the year’s great films…nothing less (and so much more) than the movie the world needs right now.”—David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"Utterly bonkers, heartfelt and perfectly tied together. Goal!"—Stephanie Watts, Little White Lies

Comedies don’t come any more hallucinatory or candy-colored than this Cannes prize-winner, especially when a herd of King Kong-size Pekingese puppies swarm the screen in a dreamy pastel haze. Gender-bending wackiness, over-the-top caricatures, and subplots galore inspire delight at every turn. Evil twin sisters that would make Cinderella’s siblings cringe, two lesbians posing as a nun and an orphan boy, and a wild government cloning plot figure in a plan to fleece an innocently dim-witted national hero. Beefcake soccer star Diamantino (Cotta) adopts mute refugee boy Rahim in order to boost his public image after flubbing a kick in the World Cup. The bad guys are off and running to “Make Portugal great again,” and directors Abrantes and Schmidt race from one zany move to the next, fighting evil with the lethally disarming weapons of chubby puppies, a fluffy kitten, and stinging political satire. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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