HARD PAINT (Tinta bruta)
Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon; 2018; Brazil; 118 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
In this love story set in southern Brazil and punctuated with both genuine suspense and pure joy, socially awkward Pedro, traumatized by frequent bullying, finds relief only when he transforms into online adult webcam performer NeonBoy. When he discovers a rival using the same technique, an intense mutual sexual attraction develops. Having suffered the loss of his immediate family and fearing criminal charges, Pedro begins to face his past and battle his inner demons. Fueled by a memorable electronic dance soundtrack, this seductively colorful triptych (winner of multiple prestigious film festival awards) is a thrilling tale of survival in a city that’s literally sinking.
Content Warning: Graphic Violence and Explicit Sexual Situations