Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam he still manages to create the desired impression. Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of coloured paint and glides them across his naked body.
Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro notices that somebody is imitating his performances. He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival. This rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences.
As with all of the previous films by directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, the story is set in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil – both directors' hometown, where we encounter young queers in search of intimacy, community and security.
Hard Paint premiered in the Panorama section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award as the best LGBTQ-themed feature film of the festival.
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