One of Portugal’s most daring and original filmmakers, João Pedro Rodrigues plumbs the depths of obsession, desire, and solitude. Conceived as modern tales of metamorphosis, each of João’s films is an odyssey of bodily and spiritual transformation. In O Fantasma (2000), a beautiful young garbage collector becomes a latex-clad alien creature while pursuing his object of desire. In To Die Like A Man (2009), a trans drag performer whose body is deteriorating decides she will die as she was born—a man. And in The Ornithologist (2016), an obsessive bird-watcher stranded in a forest slowly morphs into the Catholic St. Anthony.