Will-o’-the-Wisp (Fogo-Fátuo)

“Fogo-Fátuo” is a crazy ecological-erotic fantasy, a figment of the imagination of the screenwriter and director João Pedro Rodrigues. This unique filmmaker plays with the musical convention, quoting Greta Thunberg or jumping forward in time to the year 2069. What we have here is a young aristocrat who desired to be a fireman, children enthusiastically singing songs about trees and references to the history of art.

Prince Alfredo, a successor to the Portuguese throne, deeply concerned with forest fires, decides to give up his studies to extinguish the need to help nature. People from his surroundings don’t take this idea as a serious plan, all the more that the sensitive prince has never worked physically. His helper and guide is going to be Afonso, an Afro-American ex-sociology student. Among firemen, the young prince will experience moments and see things he only saw in baroque paintings before…

🏆 Cannes Film Festival 2022 – Queer Palm, Nominee
🏆 LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT Film Festival 2022 – Special Jury Mention
🏆 European Film Awards 2023 – Lux Audience Award, Nominee

Support provided by the French Cultural Institute in Poland


João Pedro Rodrigues


João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Paulo Lopes Graça


Mauro Costa, André Cabral, Joel Branco, Oceano Cruz, Margarida Vila-Nova, Miguel Loureiro, Dinis Vila-Nova, Luisa Castelo Branco, Vasco Redondo, Teresa Madruga, Ana Bustorff, João Mota, Paulo Bragança, Anabela Moreira, Raquel Rocha Vieira, Cláudia Jardim, Joana Barrios


Rui Poças


Portugal, France 2022

running time:

67 minutes


feature film/musical

English/Polish subtitles

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