Queer Ecology In Portuguese Cinema: FLORES (2017) & WILL-O'-THE-WISP (2022): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Queer Ecology In Portuguese Cinema: FLORES (2017) & WILL-O'-THE-WISP (2022)

In a Fire Station, two young men in navy uniforms lock eyes and dance
Image credit: WILL-O'-THE-WISP (2022) dir. João Pedro Rodrigues
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed February 21, 2024
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Queer Ecology in Portuguese Cinema

FLORES (Jorge Jácome, 2017, 27 min)
WILL-O’-THE-WISP (João Pedro Rodrigues, 2022, 67 min) 




Join us for a program of ecologically minded queer cinema from Portugal with two films that revel in the commingling of human desire and ecological concern. An ecstatic recent gem, WILL-O’ -THE-WISP (2022) is an anti-royalist musical fantasy and smoldering romance by acclaimed director João Pedro Rodrigues. From the royal deathbed in the year 2069, his highness King Alfredo looks back to a defiant chapter of his youth in a rapturous adventure of forestry, firefighting, and lust that joyfully embraces pleasure while contending with Portugal’s complicated colonial legacy.

Science fiction, documentary, and fantasy swirl together hypnotically in FLORES (2017), a dreamy short film by experimental filmmaker Jorge Jácome set on the lavender-drenched island of the Azores. The titular flora is the blue-purple hydrangea, once imported for its beauty; now, the invasive flower dominates the archipelago, forcing the local human population off the island. Two soldiers (and lifelong friends) wander their deserted homeland reminiscing about those who fled in a portrait of tenderness and companionship in the midst of environmental disaster.

Introduction by Professor Corey Byrnes, a scholar of Environmental Humanities, who will speak to connection in his current course “Culture in a Changing Climate“ at Northwestern University.

Special thanks to Portugal Film and Strand Releasing for providing the films. 


Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu