[Cinema] Massively awarded around the world, Brazilian Queer Dramatic thriller PEDAGIO gets a NJ

 Massively awarded around the world, Brazilian Queer Dramatic thriller PEDAGIO gets a NJ

Premiere as part of the 50th Newark Black Film Festival

The second feature film by Brazilian award winning writer/director Carolina Markowick, “Toll" will have its NJ debut as part of the historical 50th Newark Black Film Festival.

Massively awarded around the world, including taking home the Best Film prize at Rome Film

Festival, Best Ibero-American Film, Best LGBT film and Best Actress at Guadalajara Film

Festival and Best Actress, Actor and Supporting Actress at Rio International Film Festival, the thriller follows the struggling life of a toll attendant and the conflicts with the queer son. She decides to join a gang of thieves in order to raise money enough to pay an international religious figure to perform the “Gay-cure" treatment on her son. Meanwhile he explores his youth,sexuality and first love as well as his intense talent of dancing and lip synching classics of Jazz.

Markowick was named by Variety as “One to Watch in 2024". She has received a Special Mention Award in last year’s Toronto Film Festival, proving she's on path to become a major world cinematic voice.

Her first film “Charcoal" also played to great success and she is currently wrapping up production on her upcoming third feature titled “The Funeral".

Actress Maeve Jenkins, who is considered Brazil's most prestigious performer gives a stunning and hypnotic turn as the tireless and corruptive mother. Newcomer Kauan Alvarenga enhances the screen with his larger-than-life performance, developing an immediate connection with the audience.

“Toll" screens on Friday July 12 at 9pm at The Newark Museum of Art’s 50th Newark Black Film Festival.

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