Ornithologist Fernando loses control of his canoe in a wild nature reserve. He is discovered some way off by two Chinese pilgrims, who force him into extreme behaviour to survive a series of brutal tests. An encounter that will mark the start of a mythical journey into north-eastern Portugal.
João Pedro Rodrigues, a celebrated voice in queer cinema, won Locarno’s Best Director award for this enigmatic work starring Paul Hamy. A bird-watching expedition metamorphoses into a mystical journey fuelled with biblical undertones and strange occurrences in this bewildering and sublime wonder.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France