O Fantasma (English: The Phantom or The Ghost) is a 2000 Portuguese erotic drama film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues (in his feature directorial debut) and produced by the independent production company Rosa Filmes.
Portuguese theatrical release poster
|Directed by||João Pedro Rodrigues|
|Produced by||Amândio Coroado|
|Box office||$126,783 (United States)|
Young and handsome Sergio (Ricardo Meneses) works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon. He is uninterested in his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle and its arrogant owner—a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. Sergio's surfacing desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity, and degradation.
The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. It won the prize for Best Feature Film in the New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Entrevues Film Festival. Meneses was nominated for the 2001 Portuguese Golden Globe award for Best Leading Actor.
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