Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam he still manages to create the desired impression. Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of coloured paint and glides them across his naked body. Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro’s sister Luiza moves out of their shared apartment and he notices that somebody is imitating his performances. He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival. This rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences.
As with all of the previous films by directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, we find ourselves again in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, where we encounter young queers in search of intimacy, community and security. The elegantly interwoven virtual images and protagonists’ stories may take us away from the real world, yet in actuality we remain in an increasingly homophobic Brazilian society to whose misfits this sensitive, affectionate portrait in three acts is dedicated.
Marcio ReolonFilipe Matzembacher
118 min · Colour
Shico Menegat (Pedro)Bruno Fernandes (Leo)Guega Peixoto (Luiza)Sandra Dani (Grandma)Frederico Vasques (Beto)Denis Gosh (Igor)Camila Falcão (Paula)Áurea Baptista (Judge)Larissa Sanguiné (Neighbor)Zé Adão Barbosa (Sérgio)
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1984, he studied film directing at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in his home town. He is co-founder, along with Felipe Matzembacher, of the Avante Filmes production company.Filmography (selection)
2012 Um Diálogo de Ballet (A Ballet Dialogue); short film, co-director: Filipe Matzembacher 2015 Beira-Mar; co-director: Filipe Matzembacher, Forum 2016 O último dia antes de zanzibar; short film, co-director: Filipe Matzembacher 2018 Tinta bruta (Hard Paint); co-director: Filipe Matzembacher, Panorama
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1988, he studied film directing at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in his home town.Filmography (selection)
2012 Um Diálogo de Ballet (A Ballet Dialogue); short film, co-director: Marcio Reolon · Um diálogo de ballet; short film, co-director: Marcio Reolon 2013 Quarto Vazio (Empty Room); short film 2015 Beira-Mar; Forum, co-director: Marcio Reolon 2016 O último dia antes de zanzibar; short film, co-director: Marcio Reolon 2018 Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint); co-director: Marcio Reolon
Avante FilmesPorto Alegre, Brazil
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