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, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters a series of unexpected and uncanny obstacles along the way, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.