This week in Film Comment, Violet Lucca interviews director Gabriel Mascaro, whose film Neon Bull is included the retrospective "Gabriel Mascaro: Ebbs and Flows," April 15–21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Like his previous fiction film, August Winds, Gabriel Mascaro's Neon Bull is set in Brazil's Northeast, a historically impoverished area of the country that has figured prominently in the national culture, be it in Bahian sambas or in the imaginations of writers and filmmakers like Oswald de Andrade or Glauber Rocha. Playing on notions of what the area is, Neon Bull follows Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), a cowboy with a traveling vaquejada (traditional rodeo) who designs women's clothing in his spare time; while on the road, he alternately bonds and feuds with Galega (Maeve Jinkings) and her precocious, put-upon daughter Cacá (Alyne Santana). Subverting numerous expectations about gender, sexuality, and bodies, it's a film that reflects the changes in the region, and complicates it in the popular imagination.

Read the interview.


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