Boi Neon / Neon Bull.Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil), 2015. 91min
Iremar works at the “Vaquejadas”, a rodeo in the North East of Brazil where two men on horseback try to bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It’s dusty and back-breaking work, but Iremar is a natural vaqueiro feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls. The truck he uses to transport the animals from show to show is also his home, which he shares with his coworkers: Galega, an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to her spirited and cheeky daughter Cacá; and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bull pen. Together they form a makeshift but close-knit family. But Brazil and the Northeast are changing and the region’s booming clothing industry has stirred new ambitions in Iremar. Swinging in his hammock in the back of the truck, his head is filled with dreams of pattern cutting, sequins and exquisite fabrics as he mentally assembles his latest sexy fashion designs.
Portuguese with English subtitles.