Portugal, France, Brazil


Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets out on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modi cation, and the hunt for the source of genius.

Director's Biography

Gabriel Abrantes
Born in North Carolina, United States, in 1984. In 2006 he received his BA in Cinema and Visual Arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York. He studied at l’Ecole National des Beaux- Arts, in Paris and at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains.
His short films have premiered at the Berlinale, Locarno Film Festival, the Venice Biennial, and the Toronto International Film Festival. They have been distinguished with a number of awards. Complete screening series dedicated to his work have been held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center – New York, BAFICI - Buenos Aires, Sicilia Queer Film Festival, and Belfort Film Festival. He was one of the selected artists at the Bienal de São Paulo in 2016, the Gran Bienal Tropical in 2017, and the Bienal Image Mouvement, Geneve in 2014. He currently lives and works in Lisbon.

Daniel Schmidt
Born in New Haven, CT, USA in 1984. He earned his BFA in Film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His films have screened around the world including premieres at the Venice Biennale, Rotterdam Film Festival and the Berlinale. They have been the recipient of a number of awards including the Golden Pardi di Domani at the Locarno Film Festival. His works have been shown or commissioned for the Whitechapel Gallery (London), Kunst-Werke, Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Serralves Foundation (Porto), and the Biennale of Moving Images, BIM (Geneva).
In 2016, a complete retrospective screening series was dedicated to his and his collaborators’ films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC. Daniel often works in collaboration with other artists including Alexander Carver, Raul de Nieves, ANOHNI, Gabriel Abrantes, and Susan Cianciolo.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

Written by: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

Produced by: Maria João Mayer, Justin Taurand, Daniel van Hoogstraten

Cinematography: Charles Ackley Anderson

Editing: Raphaëlle Martin-Holger

Production Design: Bruno Duarte

Original Score: Ulysse Klotz, Adriana Holtz

Sound Design: Olivier Blanc, Daniel Turini, Fernando Henna, Benjamin Viau

Visual Effects: José André, Carlos Almeida

Cast: Carloto Cotta (Diamantino), Cleo Tavares (Aisha), Anabela Moreira (Sonia), Margarida Moreira (Natasha), Carla Maciel (Docteur Lamborghini)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Comedy 2018
  • Feature Film Selection 2018