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Diamantino 15 rating

Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, becomes embroiled in a genetic experiment and a conspiracy to leave the EU, in this joyful, postmodern political fantasy.

Comedy 2018 97 mins

Director: Gabriel Abrantes

Overview

Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, is gloriously dumb and sweet-hearted. However, his footie genius has a strange manifestation – every time he faces the goal, his vision fills with giant fluffy puppies bounding through pink powder. When an encounter with some refugees suddenly throws sadness into his previously unblemished psyche, he is left with a profound desire: fatherhood. Mix in some lesbian secret police investigating offshore accounts in Panama, a nationalistic plot to get Portugal to leave the EU, along with Diamantino’s psychopathic twin sisters and you have a satire that’s queer, contemporary and fantastically good fun.

Directors Abrantes and Schmidt rightfully scooped the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes with a film that shines bright like a candyfloss absurdist delight.