Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta)
Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon, 2018, Brazil, 118 min
Socially awkward Pedro escapes his melancholy life in Brazil’s southern city of Porto Alegre by becoming his on-camera persona “Neon Boy.” He comes alive on camera, known for painting himself in vibrant neon colors and performing sex acts for his many paying viewers. His supportive sister Luiza is moving away and alerts Pedro of a rival cam boy who has also been painting himself. Forced to protect his virtual turf and livelihood, Pedro tracks down Leo with an offer to perform together. What starts as just an explicitly sexual business arrangement becomes more, but Leo’s dance aspirations threaten their financial and personal relationship. Pedro learns to let go and, ultimately, liberates Neon Boy himself. (David Gonzalez)
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Sponsored by Nick Cardello Photography