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Hard Paint

Brazil, Portuguese, 118 mins

Original Title

Tinta Bruta
  • Director: Filipe Matzembacher; Marcio Reolon
  • Writer: Filipe Matzembacher; Marcio Reolon

CGiii Comment

The deserving recipient of the Teddy Award and the Premio Maguey Award for Best Film...

Just how far the internet has invaded our personal spaces, just how much we are willing to divulge on social media...when privacy was once the much-defended, prized possession of the many...the younger generations are increasingly throwing it all away. What won't they reveal!?!

Once upon a time, it was the happy hooker who did not kiss...now, it's cyber-survival-sex-work...with no touching!

Is it an underclass or a sub-culture... when the young reveal themselves at their most initmate, in the confines and safety of their own home, to [potentially] millions of voyeuristic eyes? To earn a buck or two without doing a decent day's work...or, crossing their threshold. This salacious 'working-from-home' must have consequences...serious psychological consequences! Or, are the young [now] able to lightly dismiss acts of moral turpitude with the flick of a hand?!? T'was a phase!

A serious state-of-affairs, raising some serious questions...which Hard Paint is not afraid to address and answer. There's a threat, there's a dread, there's a love and a thread that runs throughout. It's bleak, it's not-so bleak...it's colourful, it's pallid...and nothing is simply black and white. It's explosive, it implosive...it's corrosive, immersive and deceptive. This is a reality...and, with just one flick of the hand, it doesn't seem so grim after all. An astonishing, challenging piece of work.

Independent filmmaking at its absolute finest.


The(ir) Blurb...

Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam he still manages to create the desired impression. Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of coloured paint and glides them across his naked body. Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro’s sister Luzia moves out of their shared apartment and he notices that somebody is imitating his performances. He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival. This rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences.

As with all of the previous films by directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, we find ourselves again in Porto Alegre in northern Brazil, where we encounter young queers in search of intimacy, community and security. The elegantly interwoven virtual images and protagonists’ stories may take us away from the real world, yet in actuality we remain in an increasingly homophobic Brazilian society to whose misfits this sensitive, affectionate portrait in three acts is dedicated.

Cast & Characters

Shico Menegat (Pedro)
Bruno Fernandes (Leo)
Guega Peixoto (Luiza)
Sandra Dani (Grandma)
Frederico Vasques (Beto)
Denis Gosh (Igor)
Camila Falcão (Paula)
Áurea Baptista (Judge)
Larissa Sanguiné (Neighbor)
Zé Adão Barbosa (Sérgio)

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