Brazilian transgender icon Luana Muniz (1961–2017) serves as narrator and guide in this mesmerizing impressionist poem that takes us to the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s festive nights. A sumptuous tribute to the city’s queer subculture, Obscuro Barroco introduces the viewer to a land of excess and metamorphosis, where the body can both privately and publicly reinvent itself through the ecstatic gender-bending power of carnival. As the country falls back into another conservative and authoritarian period, pressing political struggles meet a desire for self-transformation that Muniz embodies with melancholic sensuality.
Festivals and Awards
Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin, Germany | February 7 – February 17, 2018
Teddy Award Winner
Nominee for Glasshütte Original Documentary Award