Neon Bull (2016)

  • Drama
  • 1h 41m
  • 2016

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and Best Feature at the Adelaide Film Festival. 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 backbreaking work, and Iremar spends his days covered in mud and dung, feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls.

Home is the truck used to transport the animals from show to show, which he shares with his co-workers; Galega, an exotic dancer, the truck driver and mother to the young and spirited Cacá, and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bullpen. 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 elaborate new fashion designs…


Gabriel Mascaro