To sum up this brilliantly nutty, outrageously funny Cannes Critics' Week Grand Prize winner as an astute political sci-fi satire with giant puppies, soccer, genetic engineering, neo-fascists and a fiercely pro-European Union agenda doesn't really do it justice. But it's a start. Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) is a Cristiano Ronaldo-like hero of Portuguese soccer — until he makes an unforgivable error at the 2018 World Cup, letting down his country and ending his career. As the guileless former icon starts to look for a new purpose in life — much to the dismay of his scheming twin sisters, who have other plans — a truly bizarre and wonderful odyssey unfolds, touching on the refugee crisis, the rise of nationalism and, of course, a delightfully unconventional romance. Winner, Critics' Week Grand Prize, Palm Dog Jury Prize, 2018 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection, 2018 Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Vancouver and New York film festivals. DIR/SCR Gabriel Abrantes; DIR/SCR Daniel Schmidt; PROD Maria João Mayer, Justin Taurand, Daniel van Hoogstraten. Portugal/France/Brazil, 2018, color, 92 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.