Facing brutality charges and overwhelmed by the demands of his dementia-stricken father, disgraced policeman Daniel (a brilliant Antonio Saboia) seeks escape from his troubles. He takes an ill-timed road trip to track down his internet love, Sara. But she is only a face or a sext on a screen and the flesh-and-blood reality shocks Daniel to his core, forcing him to confront who he really is for the first time in his life. The winner of the BNL People’s Choice Award at the Venice Film Festival, Aly Muritiba’s stunning, erotic melodrama forcefully portrays a man coming to the realization that the toxic masculinity that has long defined him is nothing but an ill-fitting mask.
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While attending film school, Brazilian filmmaker Aly Muritiba worked for seven years as a prison guard, an experience that he says had an impact on his work, including Private Desert (2021). Along with features, he has directed shorts, documentaries, and TV series. His first feature, To My Beloved (2015), won the Silver Zenith at the Montreal World Film Festival. Among his films are Rust (2018) and Jesus Kid (2021). Private Desert won the BNL People’s Choice Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Original Language Title Deserto Particular
Director Aly Muritiba
Producer Antonio Gonalves Junior, Luís Galvão Teles, GGonçalo Galvão Teles, Aly Muritiba
Writer Aly Muritiba, Henrique dos Santos
Editor Patricia Saramago
Cinematographer Luis Armando Arteaga
Music Felipe Ayres
Cast Antonio Saboia, Pedro Fasanaro, Thomas Aquino