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This entertaining and popular (it was one of the best attended films in Portugal upon its release) musical biopic explores the life and art of António Variações, a famous Portuguese pop-rock singer from the ‘80s who died from AIDS-related complications in 1984. The eccentric rock star is a queer icon few have heard of, but whose influence in Portuguese music lives on. Like his stage name Variações (or ‘variations’), he wove together his many different inspirations and in doing so revolutionized contemporary music in his homeland of Portugal. Maia’s film examines Antonio’s eccentric, turbulent personality as well as his artistic journey in creating his unique, genre-defying sound. Very much in the tradition of the recent musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, Guardian Angel is a dramatic portrait of an artist who transformed himself and popular music against considerable odds.


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Ce film biographique musical divertissant et populaire (ce fut l’un des films les plus visionnés au Portugal lors de sa sortie) explore la vie et l’art d’António Variações, un célèbre chanteur pop rock portugais des années 80, qui est mort de complications liées au SIDA en 1984. La star de rock excentrique est une icône queer dont peu de gens ont entendu parler[JG1] , mais dont l’influence sur la musique portugaise contemporaine se fait encore ressentir. À l’instar de son pseudonyme Variações (variations), il a tissé ensemble ses nombreuses inspirations et ainsi, a révolutionné la musique contemporaine de son Potugal natal. Le film de Maia examine la personnalité excentrique et turbulente d’Antonio ainsi que son parcours artistique dans la création d’un son unique qui défie les genres. Dans la même tradition que les récents films biographiques musicaux Bohemian Rhapsody et Rocketman, Guardian Angel est un portrait dramatique d’un artiste qui a transformé la musique populaire contre toute attente.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
    Portuguese, English
  • Country
    Portugal
  • Director
    João Maia
  • Screenwriter
    João Maia, Karen Sztajnberg
  • Producer
    Fernando Vendrell, DAVID & GOLIAS
  • Executive Producer
    Ana Figueira
  • Cast
    Sérgio Praia, Filipe Duarte, Victoria Guerra
  • Cinematographer
    André Szankowski
  • Editor
    Pedro Ribeiro
  • Production Design
    Sara Lança
  • Sound Design
    Nuno Bento
  • Music
    António Variações