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Follow the Protocol

Directed by Fábio Leal2022Brazil75 mins

With a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, writer-director-star Fábio Leal navigates the sometimes steamy, other times awkward tribulations of sexual connection amid a global pandemic. For his narrative feature debut, Leal returns to the neurotic comedy and uninhibited sex that made his shorts Renovation (Frameline43) and The Daytime Doorman so memorable and unique.

When his boyfriend announces he’s no longer bisexual and dumps him via Zoom at the height of lockdown, lonesome bear Francisco (Leal) is left with a lot to grapple with—including being nicknamed “the COVID police” by his friends after routinely canceling them on social media for not following health guidelines. But Francisco’s desperate forays into meditation, Jane Fonda’s workout tapes, indoor plants, and trashy movies from his youth don’t change the fact that he’s horny and desperately wants to have sex… but only if he finds someone as militant with all the safety protocol for COVID-19 as he is. But even then, can Francisco lower his guard (if not his mask) long enough to make a connection?

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Original Language Title
Seguindo Todos os Protocolos
Director
Fábio Leal
Year
2022
Country
Brazil
Running Time
75 mins
Language
Portuguese
Premiere
International
Section
Streaming, Fully-Subtitled Films, Narrative Features
Program Note Writer
Joe Bowman
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