In the most bizarre, puppy-filled political satire of the year, disgraced international soccer star DIAMANTINO unknowingly becomes the center of a Portuguese conspiracy to secede from the EU.
Countless films have explored what makes a legendary athlete different from the rest of us mere mortals. Is it genes? An extensive training regime? Unparalleled focus and determination? In this absurd debut feature from filmmakers Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, it seems that all it takes for Portugal’s soccer superstar Diamantino (Carloto Cotta, Tabu) is a mind focused on one thing: giant Pomeranians in pink fluffy fields. But when the pure-hearted, oblivious, and chiseled heartthrob misses a World Cup penalty shot, he becomes the laughing stock of the entire world. Receding to his mansion in shame, he lays victim to verbal and physical abuse from his evil twin sisters. When Aisha (Cleo Tavares), a secret agent with ulterior motives enters the picture under the guise of a refugee teenage boy from Africa, the somber soccer pro finds a new meaning in life as a loving father; that is until mad scientists attempt to clone his goal-scoring DNA. Bursting with outrageous ideas and gonzo set pieces, this wickedly smart and hilarious Cannes Critics’ Week winner and inspired send-up to soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo is unlike any film this year.
CAST: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira
In Competition: Best Narrative Feature
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