Neon Bull

  • 101'
  • Brazil
  • 2015
Iremar is part of a rodeo troupe that tours the Brazilian northeast. His task is to send bulls into the arena. Intensely exciting physical scenes alternate with contemplative episodes that sketch a painterly portrait of the members of the troupe.
Cameraman Diego Garcia maintains a documentary-like aesthetic to render the dynamics inside the arena. It is a somewhat loose style, combined with symmetrical tableaux reminiscent of the paintings of Johannes Vermeer. The camera is an observer that picks up everyday conversations, such as the whimpering of youngster Cáca. It is also an instrument of wonder, such as during the remarkably lit dance performances of mother Galega.
Seen in this way, the film can be compared to a meandering river. During its quieter stretches the viewer gets to marvel, while its sharp bends expose the changing society of Brazil. It all adds up to a harmonious account of how tradition gradually gives way to industry.

Director
Gabriel Mascaro
Countries of production
Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Boi neon
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Rachel Ellis, Sandino Saravia Vinay, Marleen Slot
Production Companies
Desvia, Malbicho Cine, Viking Film
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Gabriel Mascaro
Cinematography
Diego García
Editor
Eduardo Serrano, Fernando Epstein
Production Design
Maíra Mesquita
Sound Design
Mauricio d'Orey
Music
Otávio Santos, Cláudio N, Carlos Montenegro
Cast
Maeve Jinkings, Juliano Cazarré, Aline Santana
Local Distributor
Cinemien
Website
http://gabrielmascaro.com