Tag Archives: Joao Pedro Rodrigues


Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo)—distracted by sexual jealousy to the point of transfixion—lives in a rural Brazilian factory town where the same cast of characters circle one another at work, in the market, by the company pool, and out in the forests, where male blue-collar laborers meet for sex, real and imagined.

In Daniel Nolasco’s DRY WIND / VENTO SECO—an unrestrained erotic thriller of the school of João Pedro Rodrigues, Julián Hernández, Yann Gonzalez, and Nicolas Winding Refn—the viewer is swept into Sandro’s neon-lit fantasies and dreams as he attempts to supplant a growing sense of alienation and nihilism with the corporeal form of co-worker Maicon (Rafael Theophilo).

The film is streaming now at 2020 Outfest Los Angeles. See link below for details.


2020 Outfest Los Angeles

Available through Tuesday, August 25, until 11:59 pm.

Daniel Nolasco, Dry Wind / Vento seco (2020), from top: Leandro Faria Lelo (left) and Allan Jacinto Santana; Rafael Theophilo; Faria Lelo; Theophilo (left) and Jacinto Santana; Dry Wind / Vento seco film poster; Dry Wind / Vento seco, at the Al Parker club (2); Theophilo (left); Faria Lelo and Jacinto Santana. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographers, The Open Reel, and Panaceia Filmes.


Last November, local audiences caught a single screening of João Pedro Rodrigues O ORNITÓLOGO at the AFI festival, and now it’s back for a full-week run at the Nuart.

O ORNITÓLOGO is consistently unsettling, but it also simultaneously allows us to enter a meditative zone, savoring the stately grandeur of the images as well as the startling competency of Fernando, a fetishized stud from the Jason Statham Institute of Abs and Buttocks who weathers danger with comic unflappability.

“Rodrigues is a rapt and daring formalist, who stages suspense-film set pieces as if they’re moments from an observational documentary, grounding heightened tropes in a convincing faux-reality. He also has a perversely unruly streak that gradually comes to O ORNITÓLOGO’s fore. The first hour suggests the film that might have resulted if Tarkovsky had directed a 1970s Australian thriller, but Rodrigues is ultimately after different aesthetic game.” — Chuck Bowen

Rodrigues dubs Hamy’s voice throughout the film—a doubling that, by the end of the film, takes corporeal form.


Through July 6.


11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: Paul Hamy in O Ornitólogo (2016); Hamy (left) and Xelo Cagiao (2)Image credit: Strand Releasing.