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O Ornitólogo / L'ornithologue
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
'O ORNITÓLOGO / L'ORNITHOLOGUE' (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera)
Foto: Alex Abril
'O ORNITÓLOGO / L'ORNITHOLOGUE' (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera)
Foto: Alex Abril
'O ORNITÓLOGO / L'ORNITHOLOGUE' (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera)
Foto: Alex Abril
'O ORNITÓLOGO / L'ORNITHOLOGUE' (Zabaltegi-Tabakalera)
Foto: Alex Abril
Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Foto: Alex Abril

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal, when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.

BIOGRAPHY

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He started out studying Biology to become an ornithologist, but soon gave it up for Cinema Studies, going on to graduate from the Lisbon Film School. In addition to O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist), he has directed four feature films: O Fantasma (2000), Odete (2005), Morrer como um homem (To Die Like a Man, 2009) and A última vez que vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macau, 2012), co-directed with João Rui Guerra da Mata. His films have premiered at some of the world’s foremost film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Berlin. O Ornitólogo landed the Best Director Award at the Locarno Festival in 2016. 

CAST & CREW
Director
João Pedro Rodrigues
Screenplay
Joäo Pedro Rodrigues, Joäo Rui Guerra da Mata
Production
Blackmaria
João Figueiras
House On Fire
Vincent Wang
Itaca Films
Gustavo Ángel
Photography
Rui Poças
Edition
Raphaël Lefèvre
Music
Séverine Ballon
Cast
Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, Wen Han, Chan Sua Lin
Format
DCP FOLLOWING DCI
Sales
Films Boutique
Koepenicker Strasse, 184
10997
Berlin
Germany
Running Time
118 m.
Country
Portugal - France - Brazil
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