…a satisfying, warmhearted film whose understated charms leave a pleasant glow.” -Variety

Body Electric

“Corpo Elétrico”
Drama, Comedy
Brazil, 2017.
Director: Marcelo Caetano
95 minutes | Portuguese with English Subtitles

Screening on May 29, 2019
UCLA James Bridges Theater
235 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095


In this award winning LGBTQ coming of age from Brazil, Young Elias tries to balance his daily life between working in a garment factory and casual encounters with men. With the arrival of summer, Elias has been dreaming of the sea often, and his desire to turn off a bit intensifies. In the factory where he works, however, his responsibilities grow as the holiday season approaches. After another night working of overtime, Elias and his co-workers decide to go out together. As he tries to discern where his future might lead him, Elias learns to take pleasure in the small things in life.


Director: Marcelo Caetano
Producers: Beto Tibiriçá, Marcelo Caetano
Screenwriters: Marcelo Caetano, Gabriel Domingues, Hilton Lacerda
Executive Producers: Ana Rabelo, Beto Tibiriçá
Associate Producers: Ivan Melo, Anna Muylaert
Assistant Directors: Gabriel Domingues, Nathália Tereza
Production Companies: Plateau Produções, Desbun Filmes
In Association with África Filmes
Cinematographer: Andrea Capella
Editor: Frederico Benevides
Art Director: Maíra Mesquita
Costumes: Flora Rebollo
Sound Design: Lucas Coelho, Danilo Carvalho
Director of Production: Dedete Parente
Distributor (USA): Breaking Glass Pictures


Selected Film Festivals / Awards

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
  • Nominated, Bright Future Award for Best First Film
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017
  • Winner, Maguey Award for Best Feature Film
  • Roze Filmdagen 2017 (Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival)
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2017
  • Vilnius International Film Festival 2017
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2017
  • Off Camera Krakow International Film Festival 2017
  • Inside Out LGBT Toronto Film Festival 2017
  • The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
  • Torino Lovers Film Festival 2017
  • Outfest Los Angeles 2017
  • Special Mention, Outstanding International Narrative Feature
  • Roffa Mon Amour Film Festival 2017
  • Nominated, Bright Future Award for Best First Film
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017
  • Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2017
  • Queer Lisboa: International Queer Film Festival 2017