Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.
The Ornithologist, from provocative auteur João Pedro Rodrigues, made waves at TIFF and Locarno where it received the coveted Best Director award.
"powerful… mind-blowing" - INDIEWIRE
"gorgeously realised" - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"deliciously subversive and genuinely funny" - VARIETY
"the single most delightful and narratively adventurous movie I saw at Toronto" - NY TIMES
"highly diverting and seductive" - GUARDIAN
"There's always something to ponder with this film, which gets stranger and more polarizing as it goes along." - ROBEREBERT.COM
"A delightfully meandering, playfully queer riff on the St. Anthony of Padua legend" - VARIETY
Cast: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
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