2018 CANNES Critics' Week–Grand Prize
Football fields follow stages when it comes to cult of celebrity. Diamantino tackles just that, and in ways gloriously colourful, and hilarious. Portuguese Diamantino, the world’s premiere football 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, international conspiracies, Brexit, and “Diamantino” brand duvet cover sets. With its flashy art direction, boundless creativity, intricate plot, and the wonderful performance of Carloto Cotta (of Tabú fame) Diamantino is an odd and entertaining film that approaches the world’s problems with love and compassion.