Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino, a raucously satiric odyssey about a famous Portuguese soccer player, has won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the fifty-seventh Semaine de la Critique—Critics’ Week. The winner was selected by the jury presided over by Joachim Trier and including Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Eva Sangiorgi, Chloë Sevigny, and Augustin Trapenard. Run by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, the Semaine showcases first and second films by international directors and has run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival since 1962.
Reviewers are promising a terrific time for the rest of us once we get a chance to see Diamantino. “Part loopily queer sci-fi thriller, part faux-naive political rallying cry, glued together with candyfloss clouds of romantic reverie,” is the way Variety’s Guy Lodge describes it. “Gleefully silly Diamantino may be, but it also mordantly captures the tone of recent, surging far-right rhetoric across the continent: As it spirals into a demented mad-scientist B-movie with the anti-EU contingent as its cartoon villains, the film loudly broadcasts its political stance without once extracting tongue from cheek.”