On his deathbed, his royal highness Alfredo, king without a crown, is taken back to distant youth memories and the time he dreamt of becoming a fireman. The encounter with instructor Afonso from the fire brigade opens a new chapter in the life of the two young men immersed in love and desire, and the will to change the status quo.
Presented by the director
João Pedro Rodrigues
He studied at the Portuguese Theater and Film School and began his career as an assistant director to Alberto Seixas Santos and Teresa Villaverde. His cinema moves through the fields of experimentation, always combining styles and extension. The award for best director at Locarno for The Ornithologist consolidated the brilliant career of one of the most important and prolific Portuguese filmmakers of today.
Filmography: Will-o’-the-Wisp (2022, D'A 2023), Where Is This Street? (co-directed, 2022), A Room in Town (short film, co-directed, 2021), Nude Descending a Staircase (short film, 2020), Turdus Merula Linnaeus, 1758 (short film, 2020), Potemkin Steps (short film, 2019), Where Do You Stand Now, João Pedro Rodrigues? (short film, 2017), The Ornithologist (2016, D'A 2017), Iec Long (mid-length film, co-directed, 2014), The King's Body (mid-length film, 2013), Mahjong (mid-length film, co-directed, 2013), Allegoria della prudenza (short film, 2013), The Last Time I Saw Macao (co-directed, 2012, D'A 2013), Morning of Saint Anthony’s Day (short film, 2012, D'A 2013), Red Dawn (short film, co-directed, 2011), To Die Like a Man (2009, D'A 2011), Spot Queer Lisboa 13 (short film, 2009), Camouflage Self-Portrait (short film, 2008), China, China (short film, co-directed, 2007), Two Drifters (2005), Phantom (2000), Viagem à Expo (1999), Esta É a Minha Casa (1997), Happy Birthday! (short film, 1997), O Pastor (short film, 1988)
Grand Jury Award