PRIVATE DESERT

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Showings

Chauncey -Theater 1 Fri, Sep 9 12:00 AM
Series Info
Series:Coming Soon
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:121 minutes
Director:Aly Muritiba
Year Released:2021
Production Country:Brazil
Portugal
Language:Portuguese

Description

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"A potent rejoinder to the hypermasculine, explicitly transphobic values of the Bolsonaro regime."—Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film

"A welcome and assured intervention into [Brazil's] calcified ideals about desire and masculinity."—Manuel Betancourt, Variety

Sara is a genderfluid blue-collar worker who lives as her male birth identity Robson by day while caring for her religious grandmother in Sobradinho, a small town in the northeast of Brazil. Daniel, who teaches in a police academy in southern metropolis Curitiba, has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident that’s all over the news. Hulking and tightly wound, he comes from a long line of hypermasculine police and military men, including his ailing father with whom he is tender and patient, displaying none of the machismo his work demands. The only thing holding him together is his online romance with Sara, whom he has never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town but no one recognizes her, until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever. Both a swooning sun-baked romance and a triumphant affirmation of queer love and humanity at a time when LGBTQ+ rights are increasingly imperiled everywhere.