Hard Paint ★★★½

This melancholic tale about a self-loathing gay webcam performer in Porto Alegre, Brazil is incredibly specific in its depictions of sexuality and homophobia, yet universalized in its exploration of social anxieties and deep alienation. Most of the characters here seek vectors of escape, whether they take the form of geographical relocation, dancefloor abandon, or the neon-splashed cam shows that the protagonist uses to eke out a living. These scenes, which are at once sensual and sad, provide a distinct visual contrast to the flatly filmed cityscapes and functionally furnished apartments that reflect the sad holding patterns of these characters’ lives.