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.
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.