Gabriel Mascaro's sensual, subversive Neon Bull unfolds within the macho world of the vaquejada, a traditional Brazilian form of rodeo. Iremar is a bull wrangler, who aspires to being a fashion designer, and the film follows him and his friends as they travel from rodeo to rodeo dreaming of better days ahead.
Balancing a provocative realism with improvisational drama, Neon Bull is a celebration of its characters and their everyday lives as well as their obstinate capacity to dream. It explores the lives of its protagonists in evocative tableaux of fierce, funny, sweaty intimacy which lyrically subverts its macho domain.
2015 Venice Film Festival / Winner: Special Horizons Jury Prize
2015 Toronto International Film Festival / Official Selection
2015 Warsaw International Film Festival / Winner: Grand Prix
"Visually ravishing and sexually provocative"
- Toronto Star
"Neon Bull is a profound reflection on the intersection of the human and bestial... exalts carnal passion in beautiful, almost sculptural love scenes"
- New York Times
"A fascinating exploration of body and gender norms... gorgeously shot and framed by Cemetery of Splendourcinematographer Diego Garcia"
- Hollywood Reporter
"Exudes hormones from every pore […] frank sexuality and unforgettable imagery...
Not since Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz rutted in Jamon Jamonhave meat and sex made such provocative bedfellows"
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