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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Portugal 
Year: 2016


O Ornitólogo

117 min, color

Director João Pedro Rodrigues Screenplay João Pedro Rodrigues Cinematography Rui Poças Editing Raphaël Lefèvre Cast Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan, Juliane Elting

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.

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João Pedro Rodrigues


João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. He attended the Lisbon Film School, where he obtained his diploma. His public film career began at the 54th Venice Festival in 1997 with the short PARABÉNS!, which won the Special Jury Prize. In 2000 he directed his first fiction feature, Phantom, which was screened in the 57th Venice Festival’s Official Competition. In 2005, ODETE won several awards including a Cinémas de Recherche Special Mention at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. His feature project TO DIE LIKE A MAN was selected in 2007 by Cinéfondation for L’Atelier in Cannes and was released in 2009.










2016 The Ornithologist

2015 IEC Long (Documentary short)

2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded (Short)

2013/I Mahjong (Short)

2012 The King's Body (Short)

2012 The Last Time I Saw Macao

2012 Morning of Saint Anthony's Day (Short)

2011/I Red Dawn (Documentary short)

2009 To Die Like a Man

2007 China China (Short)

2005 Two Drifters

2000 O Fantasma

1998 Viagem à Expo (Documentary)

1997 Esta É a Minha Casa (Documentary)

1997 Happy Birthday! (Short)

1988 O Pastor (Short)