'O ornitologo'

directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Synopsis

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
He began by studying Biology to become an ornithologist, but soon gave it up for cinema and graduated from Lisbon Film School. His work explores human desire in all its guises and disguises, reflecting the multifarious history of film, from classic genres to documentary and experimental film.