(2000, João Pedro Rodrigues)
João Pedro Rodrigues’ dark debut is the twisted tale of a sexy garbageman who spends his time cruising public toilets and stalking straight guys. But when Sergio finds a latex bodysuit in the trash, it begins a process of de-volution in which man gradually becomes beast. Rodrigues’ sexually-explicit fever dream is a favorite of our guest presenter, Dennis Lim, Director of Programming at Film Society of Lincoln Center, who calls it “Irma Vep meets Tom of Finland,” adding, “No other contemporary filmmaker engages the complexities and mysteries of desire as fully and forthrightly as Rodrigues. His stunning debut remains his most confrontational work: an anatomy of lust in the form of a trance film.” Print of O Fantasma courtesy of the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema.
Screened: May 2, 2016