“Fantasma Neon” is a metaphor for the invisibility of delivery people, and for the indifference with which they are treated in a capitalist and neo-liberal society. Dance and music come into play in the film with a double stake: form of protest / coping mechanism.
In Brazil, the exacerbated economic crisis and the social stigma that is correlated with non-corporate work are symptoms of the suffering of Brazilian delivery-people, who go about their daily work unnoticed. “Fantasma Neon” is an alarm call against neo-liberal capitalist slavery, a musical that gives space to the expression of marginalised voices, through music, dance and protest. Martinelli makes a social film that tries to bring out of the shadows the work that lies at the bottom of an imaginary hierarchy of work. (Emilian Lungu)
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 Sebastián, BFI London, Montreal and others. Through a vote among several film critics, Martinelli was listed as one of the Top 10 New Brazilian Filmmakers by Papo de Cinema. In 2021, his film Fantasma Neon won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival.
LENGTH: 20 min.
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: Brazilia
REGIE: Leonardo Martinelli
CAST: Dennis Pinheiro, Silvero Pereira
SCRIPTWRITER: Leonardo Martinelli
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Felipe Quintelas
EDITING: Lobo Mauro
SOUND: Gustavo Andrade
MUSIC: Ayssa Yamaguti Norek, Carol Maia, José Miguel Brasil, Leonardo Martinelli
PRODUCTION: Pseudo Filmes
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