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Hard Paint

Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
Tinta Bruta
Brazil 2018 / 118’
Drift Inland Sea

Winner of the Teddy Award at this year's Berlinale, Hard Paint joins a bevy of LGBT films from Brazil. By day, Pedro is a withdrawn and antisocial young man who has trouble with the law, his family and often even to force himself to get out of the house and onto the streets of Brazil's Porto Alegre. At night, however, he becomes NeonBoy, a licentious star of webcams, where he fulfils the erotic desires of the anonymous guys watching him. He specializes in using sparkling, phosphorescent sex toys. This allows him to bolster his self-confidence and, above all, to pay the rent. Things get complicated when Pedro's sister finds out that someone has started imitating him. Forced to deal with the matter, he meets the imposter, a dancer named Leo. They decide to perform together, at least for a time. Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher's film is an honest portrayal of Brazil's gay community, showing its beauty and vitality, as well as the self-interest and loneliness of its members. Unpolished and prudery-free.

Adam Kruk

awards

IFF Berlin (Panorama) - CICAE Award, Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, IFF Guadalajara - Premio Maguey

Filipe Matzembacher

Born in 1988, Filipe Matzembacher is from Porte Alegre, Brazil, where he studied Film Direction at Pontifícia Universidade Católica. During his studies, he met Marcio Reolon, with whom he worked on amini-seriescalled The Nest, as well as the short and full-lengthfilms Seashore and Hard Paint. He is also involved in screenwriting and film production as part of Avante Filmes.

Selected filmography

2012 Um diálogo de ballet / A Ballet Dialogue (short, co-dir.)

2013 Quarto Vazio / Empty Room (short)

2015 Beira-Mar / Seashore (co-dir.)

2016 O último dia antes de zanzibar / The Last Day Before Zanzibar (short, co-dir)

2018 Tinta Bruta / Hard Paint (co-dir.)

Marcio Reolon

Marcio Reolon was born in 1984 in Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil, where he studied Film Direction at Pontifícia Universidade Católica. His films are produced by Avante Filmes, a company he founded together with his screenwriting and directorial partner, Felipe Matzembacher. Their latest picture, Hard Paint, won the Teddy Award for the best feature film about LGBT at the last Berlinale.

Selected filmography

2012 Um diálogo de ballet / A Ballet Dialogue (short, co-dir.)

2015 Beira-Mar / Seashore (co-dir.)

2016 O último dia antes de zanzibar / The Last Day Before Zanzibar (short, co-dir)

2018 Tinta Bruta / Hard Paint (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
screenplay Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
cinematography Glauco Firpo
editing Germano de Oliveira
music Felipe Puperi
cast Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto, Sandra Dani, Frederico Vasques
producer Jéssica Luz, Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
production Avante Filmes
Polish distributor Tongariro
language Portuguese
colouration colour