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Still from Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino, 2018, Super 16, color, sound, 92 minutes. Diamantino Matamouros (Carloto Cotta).

THE FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH WORK by the occasional collaborators Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, the delirious Diamantino (2018) centers on a disgraced, spectacularly dumb soccer superstar, his IQ not much higher than his body-fat percentage. The sports-celebrity-industrial complex is merely one target of this robust, rollicking satire, which exposes the idiocy engulfing the world—especially Europe—more nimbly and effectively than anything Michael Moore or the editorial board of The Guardian could ever concoct.

Although Diamantino premiered a full year ago, winning the grand prize at the International Critics’ Week program at Cannes last May, the geopolitical abominations it lampoons—Brexit, the mania for wall building, resurgent nationalism, the pathetic response to the migrant crisis—remain just as distressingly topical and intractable. Abrantes and Schmidt approach these

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