Screen/Society--NC Latin American Film Festival--"Neon Bull" ("Boi Neon")
Neon Bull (Boi Neon)
(Gabriel Mascaro, 2015, 91 min, Brazil, in Portuguese w/ English subtitles, DVD)
-- Introduced by Prof. Gustavo Furtado (Romance Studies)!
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.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Duke-UNC Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).