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Video Essay. Drifting

4 March 2016 3:40 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The twelfth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing João Pedro Rodrigues's To Die Like a Man (2009) March 4 - April 2 and Two Drifters (2005) March 5 - April 3, 2016 in the United States.The concept that unifies the work of Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues (signed alone or in collaboration with João Rui Guerra da Mata) is that of shifting: a shifting of gender (in any direction from male to female, via all hybrid possibilities in-between), and of genre (romantic melodrama crossed with the fantastique, or documentary sliding over into fiction as in The Last Time I Saw Macao, 2012), even of species (confusion of human and animal realms in O Fantasma, 2000). Most gripping and beguiling of all is the director’s fondness for unexpectedly supernatural themes—all the better to blur the distinction between mortality and immortality, a key theme »

- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin

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Witness the Dark Beauty of Portuguese Cinema in 'The Ornithologist' First Look Photos

19 January 2016 6:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Ira Sachs Returns in First Look Photos for Sundance Premiere 'Little Men' Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues has become a household name on the international festival circuit thanks to acclaimed features like "To Die Like a Man" and "The Last Time I Saw Macao," and he's currently finishing up the editing process on his most exciting venture yet. Entitled "The Ornithologist," Rodrigues' latest feature reinterprets a famous Portuguese myth that explores the life of religious figure Saint Antony. The script centers on a 40-year-old ornithologist named Fernando. He decides to go down a river in a kayak, hoping to find rare black storks, but is distracted by the beauty of the landscape. Fernando eventually gets overthrown by the streams and begins a trip in a river of no return.  According to the religious legend, Saint Antony’s boat got to the coast of Italy, where he was rescued by Franciscan priests. »

- Zack Sharf

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #47. Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ The Ornithologist

10 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Ornithologist

Director: Joao Pedro Rodrigues

Writers: Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Joao Rui Guerra

Portuguese director Joao Pedro Rodrigues has built a fantastic filmography of offbeat, experimental films, including notable works like 2000’s O Fantasma! and 2005’s Two Drifters. He has a long history of collaborating with art director Joao Rui Guerra, which culminated in the superb docu-hybrid film noir essay The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012). The pair have been working on another feature, which supposedly began principal photography over the summer. Little has been revealed about the film beyond a style aiming to be a mix between Macao and Rodrigues’ excellent 2009 film To Die Like a Man (a film worth seeking out if you happened to miss it). It’s interesting to note Rodrigues trained as an ornithologist earlier in life, so we expect something meditative and introspective.

Cast: Tba.

Production Co.: Black Maria

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. »

- Nicholas Bell

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