The Ornithologist – tale of survival directed by João Pedro Rodrigues (August 4 – August 10)

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The Ornithologist – tale of survival directed by João Pedro Rodrigues (August 4 – August 10)

August 4, 2017
August 5, 2017
August 6, 2017
August 7, 2017
August 8, 2017
August 9, 2017
August 10, 2017

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.


Critic Quotes:

“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

Rating: UR

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

Country: Brazil / Portugal

Languages: Portuguese, Latin, Chinese w / English subtitles



Friday, August 4: 12:45, 7:00

Saturday, August 5: 11:00AM, 3:25, 7:45

Sunday, August 6: 1:00, 3:20

Monday, August 7: 11:00AM, 3:20, 7:40

Tuesday, August 8: 1:00, 5:20

Wednesday, August 9: 1:00, 5:20

Thursday, August 10: 11:00AM, 3:20, 7:40



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