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267 Ratings

Neon Bull

Boi Neon

Directed by Gabriel Mascaro
Brazil, Uruguay, 2015


Writer-director Gabriel Mascaro offers a wild, sensual, and utterly transporting look at life behind the scenes on the Brazilian rodeo circuit.

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Neon Bull Directed by Gabriel Mascaro

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Venice Horizons Award - Special Jury Prize

Toronto International Film Festival

2015 | Honorable Mention: Platform Prize

It might be remembered for its two-showstopper scenes (this one’s not for the kiddos). But the film is equally powerful during its many quiet scenes, where characters pinned between lethargy and economic destitution eke out a daily existence and the occasional joyous encounter. It would all feel like a dream if it weren’t so deeply rooted in the here and now.
July 12, 2016
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The earthiness that felt like mere window dressing in AUGUST WINDS has blossomed into a veritable life-force—you can practically smell the characters’ sweat and feel the humidity they swelter in… Like a young Wim Wenders, Mascaro allows the flow of travel to shape the narrative rather than force his itinerant characters into any familiar pattern. As such, NEON BULL feels more like a hang-out session than a story, and it grows more ingratiating the longer you spend with its subjects.
July 01, 2016
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[Mascaro] has an intuitive gift for the tricky art of conveying sexuality onscreen—in one extended, realistic fuck between the protagonist and a very pregnant woman, sure, but also in more workaday scenes of bull semen extraction, rodeos and even a man sewing a dress. Also an accomplished visual artist, Mascaro isn’t too squeamish to aestheticize and abstract his characters, and his confident, gorgeous style lifts Neon Bull above default film-festival realism.
April 29, 2016
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