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This enigmatic and surrealist survival story reimagines the legend of Saint Anthony of Padua through a queer lens, resulting in a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience directed by Portuguese provocateur João Pedro Rodrigues. Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on track.
While on a bird surveying trip, an ornithologist’s boat capsizes and he is rescued by two female Chinese pilgrims, who force him into extreme behavior to survive a series of brutal tests.
“Mr. Rodrigues ultimately delivers an intriguing, daring film that is likely to surprise both his fans and moviegoers unfamiliar with his work… I can’t wait to see it again.” – The New York Times
“[A] dynamic, oddly joyful movie.” – The Village Voice
“This gorgeously realized feature, shot entirely outdoors, explores the agony and ecstasy of a birdwatcher called Fernando, whose encounters after an accident in a nature reserve start to echo elements of the life of Anthony of Padua.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Poças and Rodrigues rework Saint Anthony’s expedition with a bold concept that seeks to express the essence of an experience, rather than its physical reality.” – Little White Lies
“An immersion in pure cinema.” – The Los Angeles Times
Runtime: 117 minutes
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Country: Brazil / Portugal
Languages: Portuguese, Latin, Chinese w / English subtitles
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online:
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(Off 805 Freeway on corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Blvd.)
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