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The Ornithologist (2016)

O Ornitólogo (original title)
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Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Hamy Paul Hamy ... Fernando
João Pedro Rodrigues João Pedro Rodrigues ... António
Xelo Cagiao Xelo Cagiao ... Jesus / Tomé
Han Wen Han Wen ... Fei
Chan Suan Chan Suan ... Ling
Juliane Elting ... Caçadora Loira
Flora Bulcao Flora Bulcao ... Caçadora 1
Isabelle Puntel Isabelle Puntel ... Caçadora 2
Alexandre Alverca Alexandre Alverca
André Freitas André Freitas
David Silva Pereira David Silva Pereira
Gil Mendes Da Silva Gil Mendes Da Silva
Miguel Ângelo Marujo Miguel Ângelo Marujo
Nuno Santos Nuno Santos
Ricardo Jorge Ricardo Jorge
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Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

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Certain things occur, it's a question of belief. - St. Anthony of Lisbon


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Portugal | France | Brazil

Release Date:

20 October 2016 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

El ornitólogo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,132, 23 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,837, 7 September 2017
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Blackmaria See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Fernando is trying to observe the rare Black Stork (Ciconia nigra). In reality, its endangered status is officially mix as its population is increasing in parts of a wide range habitat such as the Iberian Peninsula. As a result, International Union for Conservation of Nature is a species of least concern. It is experiencing a population decline in parts of India, China and parts of Western Europe. Various conservation measures have been taken for the black stork, like the Conservation Action Plan for African black storks by Wetlands International. It is also covered under the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. See more »

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Canção do Engate
Performed by António Variações
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Wow.
6 July 2017 | by JoshuaDysartSee all my reviews

Imagine if Robert Bresson and Walerian Borowczyk were a single person, a synthesis filmmaker. Now imagine that person is gay. Now imagine that person had a fever dream. That dream would be "The Ornithologist". (If you understood that sentence we're soulmates).

If you're in the market for a psycho-sexual erotic biblical parable that flirts with bondage, urination fetish, bestiality, and just good old fashion beautiful men rolling around naked on a beach, but, you know, all done in an artistically austere, under- emphasized way and then hazed into a hallucinatory mist of a story, then this is your jam right here.

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I thought it was AWESOME!


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