Hard Paint

Dir: Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
Cast: Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto
118mins   2019   Brazil   18   Portuguese    Subtitled   

Set in Brazil's southern city of Porto Alegre, the film focuses on a socially repressed young man who only comes out of his shell during chatroom performances, when he strips and smears neon paints on his lithe body. While facing criminal charges, Pedro must grapple with his sister's sudden decision to move away and leave him behind. Alone in the darkness of his bedroom, he dances covered in neon paint, while thousands of strangers watch him via webcam.

'Infused with a sense of yearning and melancholy as vivid as the body paints daubed on the bodies of the boys who dance for money, Hard Paint represents a complex character study and a distinctive voice in queer cinema' - Wendy Ide, Screen International