VARIAÇÕES: GUARDIAN ANGEL2020-07-10T14:48:32-06:00
VARIAÇÕES: GUARDIAN ANGEL
This film was presented as part of the 2020 Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival.
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Directed by: João Maia
Runtime: 105 min
Year: 2019
Country: Portugal
Rated: Not Rated
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Film Type: Dramatic
Format: Streaming
Restrictions: Available only in the US
Cast: Sérgio Praia, Filipe Duarte, & Victoria Guerra

The eccentric rock star Antonio Variações is a queer icon few have heard of. Like his stage name Variações or “variations”, Antonio combined his many different inspirations and in doing so revolutionized contemporary music in his homeland of Portugal.

Inspired by the traditional and popular sounds of his country, the film takes a detailed look into not only Antonio’s eccentric personality but also his journey in creating the unique, genre-defying sound he became famous for. There was very little that could get in Antonio’s way when it came to music. He was not a trained singer and lacked any knowledge of musical composition; however, his natural talent for songwriting and his modern take on the traditional sounds of Portuguese music garnered him attention and, before long, fame.

Almost every aspect of Antonio’s life was in some way unique, from his music to his barber career to his relationships. His life was not without setbacks and misunderstandings, even with his own record label. However, his belief in the validity of his art pulled him through, making him the pioneer he is recognized as today. In his all-too-short life he managed to achieve his dream and pave the way for modern Portuguese music. This heartfelt and earnest film introduces a global audience to an important artist and his underappreciated contributions.

– James Long

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