Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Neon Phantom

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Leonardo Martinelli / Brazil / 2021 / 20 min / Colour / DCP / In Portuguese / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

This film is screening as part of Uncertain Futures II programme. Buy your tickets here .


Synopsis

Joao works on the streets of Brazil as a delivery driver in the so-called “gig” economy. Him and his friend dream about buying a motorcycle, travelling the country, and transforming their lives into a sweet fairytale-like musical. But sadly, even their indulgences into operatic and beautifully choreographed fantasy crash back to their harsh reality of inadequate wages, unempathetic customers and constant threats that surround them. A thought-provoking short about inequality and imbalance of power in zero-hour contract employment.

Director

Leonardo Martinelli

Leonardo Martinelli is an audiovisual artist from Rio de Janeiro. His films have been selected at more than three hundred film festivals and museums worldwide, including Locarno, San Sebastian, BFI London, Montreal and others. Through a vote among several film critics, Leonardo Martinelli was listed as one of the Top 10 New Brazilian Filmmakers by Papo de Cinema. In 2021, his film ‘Neon Phantom’ won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival.

Credits

Screenwriter
Leonardo Martinelli
Producer
Ayssa Yamaguti Norek, Leonardo Martinelli, Rafael Teixeira
Editor
Lobo Mauro
Music
Ayssa Yamaguti Norek, Carol Maia, José Miguel Brasil, Leonardo Martinelli
Cinematographer
Felipe Quintelas
Cast
Dennis Pinheiro, Silvero Pereira