• Official Dramatic

Brazil / Uruguay / Holland / 2015 / 101 / Digital

  • Director 

    Gabriel Mascaro

  • Producer: 

    Rachel Ellis


    Gabriel Mascaro

  • Photography: 

    Diego García

  • Cast: 

    Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Alyne Santana, Vinícius de Oliveira, Josinaldo Alves, Carlos Pessoa



Iremar is a young man with the physical strength it takes to organize the bulls that will be taken down during the Vaquejadas, but his dream is to design and make women’s clothes. Galega, Cacá’s young mother, is a dancer, but she also drives and repairs the truck that is a home from home to her nomadic troupe that performs in the rugged Northeast region of Brazil. An adroit photography uses the hues of the natural environment to reinforce the narrative, while the camera keeps just the right distance to make us forget its presence. This is Gabriel Mascaro’s second feature film, in which he takes the ingrained male and female Latin American stereotypes we take for granted and deconstructs them with a sympathetic hint of irony, alternating toughness and tenderness, seriousness and humor with the expression of a sensual, sexual corporality that is as natural as our animal instincts. Boi Neon is an electrical charge whose voltage varies, but that carries us to the end in a rush of enjoyment that continues to make us buzz for a long time afterwards.

Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti section of the 2015 Venice Film Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival


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Gabriel Mascaro

Gabriel Mascaro

Filmmaker and visual artist Gabriel Mascaro made his directorial debut with Ventos de Agosto (2014), which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014 with a special mention. Prior to this, his documentary films and video installations had been shown at major film festivals and artistic events such as Rotterdam (IFFR), Amsterdam (IDFA), Oberhausen, Clermont Ferrand, Leipzig, the BFI London Film Festival, the Guggenheim, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, MoMA and the São Paulo Biennial.