Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

5 Episodes

Sexy, cerebral, and transgressive, the films of Portuguese auteur João Pedro Rodrigues are fearless explorations of queer identity, alienation, and desire that reach for—and frequently attain—the transcendent. Fascinated by the tension between the carnal and the spiritual, Rodrigues has explored the extreme limits of both in daring tales of physical and psychic transfiguration like his startling debut, the grimy erotic shocker O FANTASMA, and his most recent feature, the iconoclastic modern-day religious odyssey THE ORNITHOLOGIST. Teeming with some of the most striking and extravagant images in contemporary cinema, Rodrigues’s films are unforgettable feasts for the eyes as well as the intellect.

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Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
  • O Fantasma

    Episode 1

    Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues • 2000 • Portugal
    Starring Ricardo Meneses, Beatriz Torcato, Andre Barbosa

    The startling feature debut from João Pedro Rodrigues struck both queer and art-house cinema like a lightning bolt with its seamy, transgressive blend of sex, grime, and sadomasochism. Roa...

  • Two Drifters

    Episode 2

    Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues • 2005 • Portugal
    Starring Ana Cristina de Oliveira, Nuno Gil, João Carreira

    Two lonely people careen through life following their individual experiences of loss: Rui (Nuno Gil), a handsome young romantic, loses his lover Pedro on the day of their anniversary; Od...

  • To Die Like a Man

    Episode 3

    Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues • 2009 • Portugal
    Starring Fernando Santos, Chandra Malatitch, Miguel Loureiro

    Tonia (Fernando Santos) is a larger-than-life drag icon of Lisbon’s nightlife in the late 1980s. Under pressure from her lover, Rosário (Alexander David), Tonia begins a series of gend...

  • The Ornithologist

    Episode 4

    Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues • 2016 • Portugal
    Starring Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues

    The latest from boundary-pushing director João Pedro Rodrigues is a mesmerizing metaphysical odyssey through both sexual and spiritual realms. Fernando (Paul Hamy), a solitary ornithologist, ...

  • Where Are You, João Pedro Rodrigues?

    Episode 5

    In this 2017 episode of the series “Where Are You?,” created by the Centre Pompidou and Celluloid Dreams, director João Pedro Rodrigues explores his
    career in cinema, with a focus on his film THE ORNITHOLOGIST, through a collage of lyrical imagery and reflective narration.