Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.
- Nespresso Grand Prize - La Semaine de la Critique
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2018
- Adelaide Film Festival 2018
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
- Filmfest München 2018
- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2018
- La Semaine de la Critique 2018
- BFI London Film Festival 2018
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2018
- Viennale 2018
- Toronto International Film Festival 2018
- Carloto Cotta
- Cleo Tavares
- Anabela Moreira
- Margarida Moreira
- Carla Maciel
- Filipe Vargas
- Manuela Moura Guedes
- Joana Barrios
- Maria Leite
- Gabriel Abrantes
- Daniel Schmidt
- Charles Ackley Anderson
- Raphaëlle Martin-Holger
- Gabriel Abrantes
- Daniel Schmidt
- Ulysse Klotz
- Adriana Holtz
- LES FILMS DU BELIER
- MARIA & MAYER
- SYNDROME FILMS
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt rustle up one of the year's most singular debuts with this winningly bizarre, genre-melding political satire.
We work in the sites where the world is taking new forms of life, where contemporary forms of life are being invented
Gabriel Abrantes, born in North Carolina in 1984, is an artist and filmmaker who has produced a significant body of work in film since studying at L’ École National des Beaux-Arts (2005-2006) and Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France (2007). Abrantes received a BA in Cinema and Visual Arts at Cooper Union in 2006. He has exhibited since 2002 in museums such as the MIT:List Center for the Arts in Boston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, and Museu Serralves in Porto. In 2008, his works, OLYMPIA I/II were chosen for the IndieLisboa Festival, where in 2009 he won the New Talent Fnac Award with VISIONARY IRAQ. A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film in Locarno, and IndieLisboa in 2010. He has established A Mutual Respect, a production company that seeks to find alternative means to produce moving-image work. In 2011, FRATELLI, co-directed with Alexandre Melo, was awarded in Curtas Vila do Conde and LIBERDADE, co-directed with Benjamin Crotty, in Locarno. PALÁCIOS DE PENA, was presented in Venice. In 2013 ZWAZO was shown in Rotterdam and ENNUI ENNUI had its world premiere at the Rome FF. TAPROBANA world premiered in Berlin's shorts competition section in 2014. In 2016, his short film FREUD AND FRIENDS was selected at the Berlinale. In 2018, his first feature DIAMANTINO, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
Born in New Haven, CT, USA. Daniel works in a variety of mediums, finding a focus in cinema and installation through a series of divergent works that include: A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT (co-directed with Gabriel Abrantes) won multiple international prizes including first prize at Locarno, was a Tiger Award nominee at Rotterdam, and was listed as the Best Short Film in the year-end list of BFI Sight & Sound. PALÁCIOS DE PENA (co-directed with Abrantes) premiered at Venice (Orizzonti award nominee). THE UNITY OF ALL THINGS premiered in competition at Locarno. LA ISLA ESTÁ ENCANTADA CON USTEDES was commissioned for the Biennale of Moving Image Images at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Andrea Bellini). An installed cinema-sculpture of LA ISLA tours museums while a theatrical version premiered in competition at the Berlinale.
He is an alumnus of the Cannes Cinefondation, Berlinale Talent Campus, Rotterdam CineMart, and TorinoFilmLab.
Daniel also presents outside the cinema, including the Centre Pompidou, Whitechapel Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and Kunst-Werke.
In 2018, his first feature DIAMANTINO, co-directed with Gabriel Abrantes, was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.