Photo: Gabriel Mascaro/Cargo Collective

Film Society of Lincoln Center to focus on Gabriel Mascaro’s Films

By | 05 April, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will feature a retrospective of Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro‘s films this month.

Gabriel Mascaro: Ebbs and Flows” runs from 15 April through the 21st, though movie buffs can catch a screening of “Neon Bull (Boi Neon)” on Friday, 8th of April.

The rodeo film tracks handsome cowboy Iremar, played by Juliano Cazarré, as he travels around to work at vaquejada rodeos, a Brazilian variation on the sport in which two men on horseback attempt to bring a bull down by its tail. Iremar dreams of becoming a fashion designer, creating flamboyant outfits for his co-worker, single mother Galega, portrayed by Maeve Jinkings.

Along with Galega’s daughter Cacá and a bullpen worker named Zé, these complex characters, drawn with tremendous compassion and not an ounce of condescension, make up an unorthodox family, on the move across the northeast Brazilian countryside.

Sensitive to matters of gender and class, and culminating in one of the most audacious and memorable sex scenes in recent memory, Neon Bull is a quietly affirming exploration of desire and labor, a humane and sensual study of bodies at work and at play.

Mascaro, who hails from Recife, is the filmmaker behind 2012’s Doméstica (Housemaids), a full-length experimental documentary about domestic workers (“empregadas”) in Brazil, and the widely acclaimed August Winds (2014).

Watch the trailer for Neon Bull below and get tickets to the film here.


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