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In the year 2069, Alfonso de São Benedito de Mogadouro, the king of Portugal, lays dying at a hospital, where he starts to remember the days of his youth. Back in 2011, the man, still a prince, suffers from an identity crisis—he continues studying Art History –not very enthusiastically– while he goes through an emerging sexual awakening and starts worrying about the future of the environment. This is why, in spite of his parents’ surprise and mockery, Alfonso volunteers at a fire station. Among drills and training sessions, he meets an instructor with whom he starts a relationship he will never forget; not even on his deathbed. In the form of a musical, João Pedro Rodrigues again proves that it’s not necessary to resort to solemnity when covering issues as delicate as class, ecology or sexuality itself.
João Pedro Rodrigues
João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. His work includes the features O Fantasma (2000), Two Drifters (2005, 21st Festival), To Die Like a Man (2009) and The Ornithologist (2016), as well as the short Where Do You Stand Now, João Pedro Rodrigues? (2016, 32nd Festival). His films have received recognition at such festivals as Venice, Locarno and Cannes.
G: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Paulo Lopes Graça
F: Rui Poças
E: Mariana Gaivão
S: Nuno Carvalho
P: Vincent Wang, João Matos, João Pedro Rodrigues
CP: House on Fire, Terratreme, Filmes Fantaasma
I: Mauro Costa, André Cabral, Joel Branco, Oceano Cruz, Margarida Vila-Nova