Over the past year, The Ornithologist has been picking up plaudits at festivals around the world, winning numerous awards along the way. It’s taken a while to get to the UK, but now it’s on its way, arriving in select cinemas on October 6th, before hitting DVD/VoD in early November.
Portuguese filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ movie was inspired by the journeys of Saint Anthony of Padua, as well as Rodrigues’ own life.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal, when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.’
Take a look at the UK trailer below.