Stylistically eclectic and impressively prolific, Brazilian
auteur Gabriel Mascaro made the jump to narrative filmmaking in 2014 with “August
Winds,” after directing several documentaries exploring his homeland’s class divide.
His latest fictional work, “Neon Bull,” received wide acclaim after it
premiered at the Venice Film Festival and TIFF 2015.
Shot my Mexican cinematographer Diego García, who also
recently lensed Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s “Cemetery of Splendor,” Mascaro’s film follows a cowboy who
works at a local rodeo and spends his days among bulls. But when he becomes fascinated
with creating colorful and sensual clothing items, the protagonist finds
himself caught between the life he has always known and the passion that has
opened new possibilities.
Take a look at the U.S. trailer above.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will also screen a retrospective of the director’s work titled ‘Gabriel Mascaro: Ebbs and Flows,’ which will take place April 15-21 and will give audiences a chance to see his diverse oeuvre.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. “Neon Bull” explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar (Juliano Cazarre), a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers. Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Check out the mesmerizing official poster below