DIAMANTINO

By Gabriel ABRANTES, Daniel SCHMIDT

SYNDROME FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2017

Diamantino, the world’s premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

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Critics Week 2018
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • First film, Black comedy
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL, BRAZIL, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gabriel ABRANTES, Daniel SCHMIDT
    • Writer(s)
    • Gabriel ABRANTES, Daniel SCHMIDT
    • Producer(s)
    • Maria joão MAYER (Filmes do Tejo), Justin TAURAND (Les Films du Bélier), Natxo CHECA (Mutual Respect Productions), Daniel VAN HOOGSTRATEN (Syndrome Films)
    • Synopsis
    • After a series of defeats, in and out of the fields, Diamantino’s football genius starts to fade. At the same time, his father, who was once his great inspiration, his coach and major example, dies. Desperate, Diamantino starts to notice the outside world for the first time, and, touched by the pain and crises of others, impulsively decides to adopt a refugee.

      The adopted boy is however the undercover female agent Aisha. Instructed by her boss (and lover), Inspector Lucia, to obtain proof of tax evasion and money laundry by Diamantino, and reveal yet another scandal from the corrupt football world.

      Diamantino connects immediately in a sincere and profound way to his new “son”, Aisha – now named “Rahim” – and, innocently, Diamantino is convinced by his greedy sisters, acting along with Lord Ferro, Portugal’s Minister of Sport, that the best thing to do is start an experimental diet, which, in fact, is an attempt by Lord Ferro to try and clone Diamantino’s mind and talent, to obtain a national team of football geniuses.
    • Partners & financing
    • Filmes do Tejo II (Portugal, leader production company) / Mutial Respect Productions (Portugal, co-producer) / Syndrome Films (Brazil, co-producer) / Les Films du Bélier (France, co-producer)
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