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Ebb and Flow (2014) Directed by Gabriel Mascaro The Brazilian filmmaker Mascaro’s half-hour-long film (which will screen together with his feature-length documentary Housemaids) follows, in closely observational and often sweet fashion, the daily routines of Rodrigo (played by Márcio Campelo Santana), a young deaf-mute man who lives with his mother and young sister in a lower-class neighborhood of Recife. Rodrigo is also HIV-positive, and by following him as he meets with doctors and jokes with friends,...
Neon Bull Directed by Gabriel Mascaro Opens April 8 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center The protagonist of writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull, a beautifully tactile new film from Brazil, holds down a job as a rodeo hand. In the country’s northeast, where the film takes place, vaqueiros on horseback play to the crowd by yanking bulls to the ground by their tails, a spectacle the strong but soft-spoken Iremar (played by Juliano Cazarré) appears content...

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