Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction film, “Neon Bull.” The film was the winner of the Horizons Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival and has been praised for its originality and visual richness, thanks in part to the cinematography from noted Mexican DP Diego Garcia (Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Cemetery of Splendour”).
“Neon Bull” is set in Brazil among a group of farmhands who travel through the region as part of a “vaquejada” rodeo. The protagonist, Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), is fully immersed in this world but has dreams of bigger things as an aspiring fashion designer. Iremar’s “road family” is a veritable band of misfits, but they are a close knit group as they make their way through the impoverished and culturally rich world of northeastern Brazil.
Kino Lorber hopes to release the film theatrically in the first half of 2016, while continuing to show the film at festivals in order to build up its already positive critical response. A VOD and home video release will follow in the second half of 2016.