Original Title: Boi Neon
2015 | 101 min. | colour | fiction | subtitles in English
Co-Presented with indiefilmTO

Neon Bull is pre-selected in the category of Best Latin American Film at the 31st edition of the Goya Awards. Finalists will be announced in December.


• Saturday, November 5th – 9:30 pm

Script and Direction: Gabriel Mascaro • Production: Rachel Ellis • Sound: Fabian Oliver • Cinematography: Diego Garcia • Editing: Fernando Epstein and Eduardo Serrano • Soundtrack: Otávio Santos and Carlos Montenegro

Cast: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Alyne Santana, Vinicius de Oliveira, Carlos Pessoa

Iremar works at the Vaquejadas, the rodeos in the Northeast of Brazil where two men on horseback try to bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It’s a dusty and backbreaking work, where Iremar spends his days covered in mud and feces, 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, truck driver and mother of 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.

Movie stills:

Variety: Film Review: ‘Neon Bull’
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Neon Bull’ (‘Boi Neon’): Venice Review

Awards and Festivals:
Special prize Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival 2015 • Honorable Mention at the Toronto Film Festival 2015 • Critics Prize at the Hamburg Film Festival 2015 • Best Feature, Writing, Cinematography and Supporting Actress at the Rio International Film Festival 2015