Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
At the 2018 World Cup, a Ronaldo-like Portuguese soccer star named Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) makes a fatal error and ends his career in disgrace, letting down his nation and losing his mojo in the process. So begins Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s truly bizarre, always hilarious shapeshifter—at once a nutty, Zoolander-esque comedy of idiocy, a queer sci-fi conspiracy thriller, and a political rallying cry for the European Union—which follows the guileless soccer player as he goes on a quest for his source of genius. But will he succeed?
Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes’ Critics Week, this supremely confident feature debut is a concentrated blast of loopy comic energy, filled with everything from scheming twin sisters and giant fluffy puppies to neo-fascism and the refugee crisis. With gonzo bursts of cotton-candy colour and glitchy screen-effects, Abrantes and Schmidt guide Diamantino into increasingly outrageous territory. The result is one of the most unpredictable, breathlessly exhilarating comedies to hit the festival circuit this year.
"[The directors] rustle up one of the year’s most singular debuts with this winningly bizarre, genre-melding political satire."—Guy Lodge, Variety
Grand Prize, Critics’ Week, Cannes 18