Hard Paint

Tinta Bruta
2018
Brazil
118 min.
Portuguese

Schedule

Monday, Apr. 29 at 9:00pm

Living in a lower-class urban jungle in a small Brazilian city, emotionally withdrawn Pedro (Shico Menegat) connects to the outside world as “Neon Boy,” an online erotic performer whose neon-paint-slathered, black-light dances have won him a cadre of adoring fans. By performing each night for these anonymous strangers, Pedro earns a meager income through tips and partially escapes his lonely existence. But Pedro faces an existential threat when a fellow camboy steals both his techniques and some of his customers, forcing the ultra-shy twentysomething to venture far outside his comfort zone to defend his space as a performer. In the process, Pedro discovers a shared connection with his rival, the outgoing and ambitious Leo (Bruno Fernandes), and he finds an unexpected tenderness in the heart of an unforgiving city. On its premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter described “Hard Paint” as “a hypnotically intimate character study” that is “acted with naturalness and sensitivity by compelling screen newcomers.”

Director

Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon

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