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CARIOCAS by Antonio Da Silva

This is a voyeuristic hunt during my trip to Rio de Janeiro with lots of sea, sun, sweat and sexual encounters. Brazilian men care about their physique and they freely allow admiration of their sculpted bodies. The sensuality of those men creates blurry sexual identities.

An outdoors gym in the Arpoador area unveiled to me the vibrancy of the country and the diversity of men. Just behind the gym there is a gay cruising park. The gym crowd training during the day is very different from the one training at night. The film is a portrait of this shift while adding more Brazilian testosterone to this Summer’s football excitement in the country!

(Subtitles available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Click on “CC” button on the video)

A film by Antonio Da Silva

With: Arpoador Gym Goers, Zao, the Hustler, the Hustler Rodrigo, the Cruisers and Mates from encounters

Camera, Editing, Sound Design and Music: Antonio Da Silva
Assistant Editors: Miguel Pho and Rui Oliveira
Motion Graphics: Miguel Conceição and Elena Fernandez
Narration: Rodrigo Penalosa
Thanks to: MixBrasil Cultural Diversity Film Festival and Cris Reckziegel
Year: 2014
Length: 10:00

CARIOCAS will premiere in Portugal at the Queer Lisboa film festival, on the 25th of September.

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  1. On 2014-07-17 Andre said

    Thanks for objectifying Brazilian man in your new work. We really needed it.


  2. On 2014-07-08 Jads said

    Today his work partially met. and would like to know better.
    wandeful!I am passionate about art and pornoerotica I would say this to you


  3. On 2014-07-08 Jads

    Today his work partially met. and would like to know better.
    wandeful!I am passionate about art and pornoerotica I would say this to you


  4. On 2014-07-08 Roberto do Brasil

    Puta merda hein… QUE MONTE DE HOMEM GOSTOSO!
    Apesar de alguns casos bizarros, nosso país tem mto homem bonito, e que exala masculinidade. Sempre pensei o porquê do Da Silva nunca ter vindo pro Brasil (ele é português, e tem filmes com franceses e ingleses)…mas, por motivos de homofobia e tudo o mais, pensei que ele não viria.
    Em suma: delícias. Aqueles peludinhos e os dois se pegando <3
    sei lá, pode ser noia minha, mas acho que, no fundo no fundo, brasileiros e brasileiras são mto curiosos com a homossexualidade e tem muita vontade de experimentar. o probblema é essa "moralidade" e falsas religiões que nos barram uma das maiores qualidades de ser humano: a intimidade e o prazer em compartilha-la com quem queremos. >


  5. On 2014-07-08 Balthasar said

    Amazing! The storytelling part suits you well ;) Man, I do have a thing for your work (beyond getting stone hard when I watch it – which would already be a compliment). You make sex and cruising interesting. And you chose vulnerable, deeply loveable men. Man, thank you for this ;) hugs, b


  6. On 2014-07-10 Eugene Y said

    Hi Antonio
    Just stumbled upon your website and am completely mesmerised by your work. You really captured such a raw, real sexuality in your filming – intensely sensitive and personal to watch.


  7. On 2014-07-05 manuel said

    damn. spectacular work. thank you for it. portuguese american playwright here with a few notches under my belt. I have a new play coming up that attempts the word version of what you do with film.. i’m glad you are in the world and i hope our paths cross sometime. xo manuel


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