“Few cineastes out there are making deliciously deviant art like Rodrigues, and this entry in his catalog is a concentrated shot of his sardonic mastery." - Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times
"A prank in fancy dress, a plastic boutonniere that squirts battery acid. The joke is on everyone, particularly the powerful and those holding out hope that the powerful will save the planet." - Amy Nicholson, New York Times
Queer provocateur João Pedro Rodrigues (THE ORNITHOLOGIST - CEUFF 2017, THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO - CEUFF 2013) returns to the festival with this exuberant and bawdy musical romp. In the year 2069, Portugal’s royal highness King Alfredo – on his deathbed – recalls his younger years, including his sexual exploits as a volunteer member of an erotically charged fire brigade. Clocking in at just over an hour - including musical numbers, Greta Thunberg references, and joyfully frank eroticism - WILL-O’-THE-WISP is a deliriously entertaining treatise on class and race, sex, and romance.
Awards & Nominations
Official Selection - Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Queer Palme, Cannes Film Festival