Sun Oct 30, 5:00 PM
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal, France
67 minutes
Unclassified 18+

“A hot, hilarious, queer firefighter Fantasia” (Variety)

Direct from Cannes comes a swirling, queer fantasy-musical that flurries together muscle-bound firemen, colonial guilt, explicit sex and environmentalism. Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues (AFF jury 2017 and director of The Ornithologist, AFF2017) kicks things off innocuously but suggestively enough in the year 2069, with the dying King Alfredo remembering his youthful idealistic desire to shift from being a prince to becoming a firefighter. But the mode of wry fairytale shifts instead into a gloriously unpredictable, graphic love story between the young prince and a fellow fire cadet, Alfonso, backed by ensemble dance choreography, Mozart, Iberian pop and a chorus line of penises. Despite revelling in its raunch and humour, Will-o’-the-Wisp also allows the aristocrat Alfredo and the underclass Alfonso to grapple with the darker side of their national identity.  

“the most fun anyone could have had for 67 minutes in a cinema during the 2022 Cannes Film Festival” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“beneath its pleasurable surface lie many thought-provoking ideas” (Cineuropa)

World Cinema Program presented by

Program Strand World Cinema
Language Portuguese
Subtitles English
Director João Pedro Rodrigues
Producer João Pedro Rodrigues, João Matos, Vincent Wang
Writer João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Paulo Lopes Graça
Cinematographer Rui Poças
Editor Mariana Gaivão
Cast Mauro Costa, André Cabral, Joel Branco, Oceano Cruz, Margarida Vila-Nova, Miguel Loureiro, Dinis Vila-Nova, Luisa Castelo Branco, Teresa Madruga, Vasco Redondo
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Musical

Screens with: Reunion

Sun Oct 30, 5:00 PM
Director: Gilbert Kemp Attrill
15 minutes
Unclassified 18+

When a lovesick young man reunites with his oblivious long-distance boyfriend on a whirlwind summer holiday, his reality and expectations collide, and he must search for what he needs within himself.

Film Type Short
Age Recommendation Unclassified 18+
Language English
Director Gilbert Kemp Attrill
Producer Charles Olsen
Cast Simon Croker, Zoran Jevtic, Ariadne Sgouros, Sam Marques