During the day, 23-year-old Black law student Simone rigorously discusses the role of women in Brazilian society in the lecture hall. She works at a center for victims of domestic violence and researches the causes of racism and femicide. At night, she performs in front of her webcam in a sex chat room and is incited to even more extreme practices. Her private life contrasts with her intellectual ambitions: a free-spirited mix of self-defense classes and safe space sexual experimentation with her university friends/lovers, along with video calls with a confidante and BDSM practitioner who steers her down this precarious path. As she seeks more radical forms of sexual gratification, the lines between body empowerment and self-harm, social responsibility and personal pleasure blur.
Rule 34 won the Golden Leopard for Best Film at the Locarno Film Festival in 2022 – this was only the second time that a Brazilian film had won this award since Glauber Rocha’s 1967 Land in Trance! The title is named after the Internet meme ‘Rule 34’ about pornography. Murat sees porn primarily in terms of risk – and in this film she risks a lot: stretching the limits of formal film language and modes of storytelling she opens up new forms of political storytelling. Is this the answer to making feature films in times of crisis?
This film includes graphic and disturbing scenes of sexual nature and scenes of violence.
Júlia Murat was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979. She graduated from the Rio de Janeiro University in graphic design and at the Darcy Ribeiro Film School as a screenwriter. She has made short-films, experimental videos, commercials and video-installations and has extensive experience as an editor, assistant director, and camera assistant. Dia Dos Pas (2008), her feature length documentary film, premiered at Cinéma du Reel. Historias que so existem quando Lembradas (2011) was her first feature-length fiction film, followed by Pendular (2017) which screened at the IFFF Dortmund+Köln in the International Debut Feature Film Competition. Her latest feature Rule 34 (2022) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and won the Golden Leopard for best film.
Films byJúlia Murat
Pendular 2017 | Historias que so existem quando Lembradas 2011 | Dia dos Pais 2008 | Ausencia 2004 | Desvellar 2003