Iremar works at the Vaquejadas, a rodeo in the north eastof Brazil where two men on horseback try to bring downa 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. Home is the truck used to transport the animals from showto show, which he shares with his co-workers. 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 headis filled with dreams of pattern cutting, sequins and exquisite fabrics as he mentally assembles elaborate new fashion designs… Catalan première
* Festivals i premis
Special Jury Price in Venice – Orizzonti / Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Suporting Actress in Rio / Honorable Mention in Toronto / Critics Award in Hamburg / Special Mention in Nantes
Gabriel Mascaro (born 1983) is a filmmaker and visual artist from Recife, Brazil. His first feature film, Ventos de Agosto, premiered in competition at Locarno in 2014 and was awarded with a special mention. The film has won numerous other awards and received much critical acclaim. His previous documentaries and video installations have been screened at important film festivals and artistic events including Rotterdam (IFFR), Amsterdam (IDFA), Oberhausen, Clermont Ferrand, Leipzig, BFI London, the Guggenheim, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, and the São Paulo Biennale. Neon Bull is Gabriel’s second feature film.
Filmography: Neon Bull (2015), Vientos de agosto (2014)