João Pedro Rodrigues

Portugal, France, Brazil 118 min min Fiction


Fernando, 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 unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.


João Pedro Rodrigues

(Lisboa, 1966) Estudió en la Escuela de Teatro y Cine de Portugal y empezó su carrera como ayudante de dirección de Alberto Seixas Santos y Teresa Villaverde. Morrer como um homem se presentó en Cannes y A última vez que vino Macao ganó el premio Especial del Jurado en Locarno 2012.

Filmography: O ornitólogo (2016), Manhã de Santo António (2012, D’A 2013), A última vez que vi Macau (2012), Morrer Como Um Homem (2009, D'A 2011), China China (curt, 2007), Odete (2005), O Fantasma (2000), Viagem à Expo (documental, 1998), Parabéns! (1997), O Pastor (curt, 1988)

João Pedro Rodrigues

Film information

Original Title: The Ornithologist
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Script: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Contact: Films Boutique
With: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen
Country: Portugal, France, Brazil
Year: 2016
Format: DCP
Length: 118 min min
Language: Multilingual
Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan, English
Edition: 2017