Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt Diamantino 2018, film still. Courtesy the artists and Modern Films
Catch a special screening of this genre and gender-bending satirical fantasy
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt join us to present a special screening of their third collaborative film, followed by a conversation. Set in present-day Portugal, Diamantino follows the delirious journey of a hilariously naïve football star from blissful prowess to career-busting disillusionment.
The film was inspired by two sports essays by author David Foster Wallace. A quintessential artists’ feature, the film combines science-fiction, thriller, fairy tale and romantic comedy narrative tropes with wildly imaginative imagery as it satirises the cult of fame and nationalist politics. Diamantino won the Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week.
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Diamantino, Portugal / France / Brazil 2018, DCP, colour, sound, 97 min, Portuguese with English subtitles
Conversation with the artists and Tate Film curators
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
Gabriel Abrantes (b.1984, USA) and Daniel Schmidt (b. 1984, USA) make films that explore contemporary questions of post-colonialism, gender, sexuality, pop culture and the politics of technology, through layered and twisted expressions that invoke comedy, sensuality, anthropology, folklore and the absurd. Films by Abrantes and Schmidt were presented at Tate Modern last October as part of the Museum of Clouds programme.