fbpx Diamantino | Gene Siskel Film Center
22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival


2018, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France, 92 min.
Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 29th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 3rd 8:15pm

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

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. Courtesy of Kino Lorber Films. (BS)

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