The drama “Rule 34”, the new film by director Julia Murat (“Stories that only exist when they are remembered”), won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, one of the most respected in the world of cinema.
The Brazilian production surpassed 17 international works in the competition of the 75th edition of the event which ended this Saturday (13/8) in Switzerland, also consecrating the daughter of the director Lucia Murat, already awarded by critics at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017 for his feature film above, “Pendular”.
The name “Rule 34” refers to the “34th Rule of the Internet, which states that any imaginable object, character or franchise has pornography associated with it.”
The plot revolves around Simone, a young black woman with a law degree who paid for college by selling sexual services online. Approved in a competition for the Office of the Ombudsman, she intends to act in favor of women victims of domestic violence, while her own sexual interests lead her into the world of BDSM (sex with sadomasochistic practices), violence and ‘eroticism.
The lead role marks the film debut of actress and playwright Sol Miranda, creator of the award-winning show “Mercedes” (about Mercedes Baptista, the first black dancer to dance at the Municipal Theater).
The detail is that the achievement of “Rule 34” was not the only national opera celebrated in the Swiss event. All three Brazilian films included in the program of the 75th Locarno Film Festival were awarded.
The short film “Big Bang”, by Carlos Secondo, won the Golden Leopard in its category – Best Author’s Short Film. Played by Giovanni Venturini, who has dwarfism, the work shows how he survives, despised by society, by repairing ovens in Uberlândia.
In addition, Ana Vaz’s first feature film (from the award-winning short film “Apiyemiyekî?”), “É Noite na América”, screened in the parallel section Cinesti Del Presente, received an Honorable Mention from the festival jury. The film follows animals fleeing extinction in Brasilia.
All three films are also co-productions with France. “É Noite na América” also foresees the Italian participation in its realization.
Finally, Wara, the Brazilian director, won the Golden Leopard for best international short film for the Cuban production “Soberane”.
The victories praise the country’s participation in Locarno, after two years of absence of Brazilian films at the festival. In 2019, national cinema also did well with Maya Da-Rin’s “A Fever”, which won the Critics’ Prize and awarded Regis Myrupu the trophy for best actor.