Pardo per la miglior regia: João Pedro Rodrigues – O ORNITÓLOGO
Born in Lisbon in 1966, João Pedro Rodrigues has become in a little more than fifteen years and five feature films (plus a few short movies and documentaries) one of the most personal and hypnotic careers in history of Portuguese cinema.
When O Fantasma (Phantom) was shown in the Official Competition at Venice Film Festival in 2000, it suddenly became one of the most controversial debuts in contemporary European cinema. Through this livid drama about human solitude and disconnection proved Rodrigues’ unique vision. The movie won the prize as Best Feature at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
His second movie Odete (Two Drifters, 2005) is an ensemble story about men and women bond due to pain and grief, a powerful melodrama which obtained several awards in film festivals all over the world, included Cannes. After that he realized Morrer Como Um Homen (To Die Like a Man, 2009), about a transsexual woman falling in love with a young boy and trying to hide to him her past as a man, including a very problematic son. Just like the previous movies this one empowers Rodrigues’ realistic style.
A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao, 2012), shown at the Festival del film Locarno, is a different kind of project, a melancholic thriller mixing a moving journey through memory, childhood traumas, and the split between reality and memory.
Gifted with a very specific vision of cinema, Rodrigues shows his unconventional taste for images and aesthetic in O Ornitólogo, a dazzling visual puzzle plunged in the forest.