The Nest (2016) is a queer series about a gay man, Bruno, that runs away from home looking for his brother, Leo. Leo’s whereabouts are still a mystery after he moved to Porto Alegre, a small town in Southern Brazil. Bruno, a military deserter, walks up and down the city streets, entering night clubs, and gay bars searching for his brother. Leo ran away several years ago from home to avoid his homophobic parents, the same parents that remain oblivious of Bruno’s whereabouts, and that have no clue about Bruno’s true self under his tough appearance.
During his brother’s search, Bruno becomes friends with a bartender, Stella, who used to work with his brother. Stella, sensing Leo’s pain and desperation, tells Bruno everything she knows, although, at the same time, she doubts Bruno’s motivations to find his brother. After his meeting with Stella, Bruno accidently becomes involved with the local queer punk underworld. The group treats him with kindness and respect, they make him feel safe, and give him a comfortable nest.
The Nest was directed by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon. This duo has focused their art in the inner sexual conflicts about of the young generation for a long time. Both directors have worked as actors in the past and so they are the perfectionists regarding the acting in their films. After graduating, they started their own company, Avante Filmes and their works have been screened worldwide. Their debut, Beira-Mar (2015), was screened on the Berlin Film Festival in 2015.
This film features bizarre costumes, colorful make-up and hair styles, and gender-bender characters. The Nest makes audiences sink in this psychedelic world as Bruno does. The series is not only about his lost brother, broken family, or his place in the world, but also about the balance between his family and new friends. In Porto Alegre, Bruno just wants to find his brother, but somehow, he starts a new life with his new friends. So where is the nest he belongs to?
Under the disco lights and among naked bodies, The Nest leaves a blank space for the audience to think about new possibilities. The Nest is a luxurious and wonderful feast. Its world is glamorous and every character multilayered. Even the smallest role has a story worth to be talked about, and it only makes you never want to leave this place.