Closing Night：We are here
Closing Film：The Ornithologist
João Pedro Rodrigues, 2016,117min,Portugal/France/Brazil
Film Language： Portugese/Chinese/English
Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
Q&A with Director João Pedro Rodrigues&Producer João Rui Guerra da Mata
João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon, Portugal.He began by studying Biology at Lisbon University to become an ornithologist but soon gave it up for Cinema Studies and graduated from Lisbon Film School.
His work explores human desire in all its guises – and disguises – reflecting the multifarious history of film, from classic genres to documentary and experimental film.
He directed five features: O FANTASMA (2000), ODETE (2005), MORRER COMO UM HOMEM / TO DIE LIKE A MAN, (2009), A ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE VI MACAU / THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (2012) – co-directed with João Rui Guerra da Mata – and O ORNITÓLOGO / THE ORNITHOLOGIST (2016), which won the Silver Leopard for Best Director at Locarno Film Festival.
His films premiered and won prizes at the world’s foremost film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Berlin.
JoãoRui Guerra da Mata was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. In the Seventies he lived in Macao, China.He studied and trained in Graphic Design and Typography and started working in cinema in 1995.He teached Art Direction / Production Design at the Lisbon Film School (ESTC) from 2004 to 2011.He worked in several features and shorts as co-director, co-writer (the last being O ORNITÓLOGO/THE ORNITHOLOGIST), assistant director, art director, production designer, costume designer, and make-up artist, notably the ones directed by João Pedro Rodrigues.
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