Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes 

“Gabriel Abrantes evokes, twists, and turns Hollywood’s conventions into beguiling and breathtaking devices.” 
Cinema Scope 

Co-presented by Acropolis Cinema

Since emerging in 2006, Gabriel Abrantes has carved a unique niche for himself at the vanguard of contemporary cinema. As de facto figurehead of a loose ensemble of collaborators with art school ties and a taste for the transgressive, the Lisbon-based artist (co-director of the acclaimed comedy Diamantino) brings a playfully perverse spirit to the tradition of experimental filmmaking. Shot on 16mm, Abrantes’ absurdist allegories tackle issues of colonialism, gender, sexuality, and desire through a bold conflation of history, aesthetics, and politics—like pop art by way of Pasolini. Dizzyingly prolific, he continues to add to a shapeshifting body of work whose pleasures and provocations are wholly indivisible. 

In person: Gabriel Abrantes 

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Guest Curated by Jordan Cronk with Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Financial Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


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MON 11/25
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff