Film - CineRebels Competition Filmfest 2022


Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues


Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Section: CineRebels Competition
Country: France, Portugal
Year: 2022
Language: English, Portuguese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Mauro Costa, Andre Cabral, Joel Branco, Oceano Cruz
18+ (no age rating)


A rebellious mixture of musical, folklore, and queer awakening under the banner of environmentalism.

It’s the year 2069. On his deathbed, his royal highness Alfredo, a king without a crown, recalls his youthful dream of becoming a firefighter. His encounter with Afonso, an instructor from the fire brigade, ignited not only a passionate love, but also a shared desire to change the status quo.

Meet the director


João Pedro Rodrigues

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. When he was eight years old, his father gave him a pair of binoculars. The boy decided to become an ornithologist and began studying biology in adulthood, but dropped out in order to turn to film. From 1985 to 1989, Rodrigues attended the University of Theatre and Cinema (ESTC) in Lisbon, then worked as an assistant director and as an editor for Alberto Seixas Santos and Terese Villaverde before making short films and feature films of his own. His feature-film debut, O FANTASMA (2000), received awards at the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival and at NewFest in New York. THE ORNITHOLOGIST (O Ornitólogo) earned him the Silver Leopard for best director at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. WILL-O’-THE-WISP (2022) is his most recent film. Today, João Pedro Rodrigues is still outdoors with his binoculars, watching birds.


Screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Paulo Lopes Graça
Original Material: João Pedro Rodrigues
Director of Photography: Rui Poças
Film Editor: Mariana Gaivão
Production Designer: João Rui Guerra da Mata
Costume Design: Patrícia Dória
Sound: Nuno Carvalho
Sound design: Nuno Carvalho
Producer: Vincent Wang
Production Company: House on Fire
Co-Producer: João Matos
Co-Production Company: Terratreme Filmes, Filmes Fantasma
World Sales: Films Boutique GmbH
Distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH