M88 Signs Filmmaker Alexandre Moratto

EXCLUSIVE: M88 has signed filmmaker Alexandre Moratto for representation.

Moratto’s debut feature film Socrates, made with UNICEF on a budget of $20k with a cast and crew of teenagers from São Paulo’s low-income communities, earned him the ‘Someone to Watch’ Independent Spirit Award.

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The film follows the titular character, a Black teen from the coast of Brazill and his journey to overcome poverty, grief following his mother’s death and homophobia. It was produced by directors Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger) and Fernando Meirelles (City of God), who also produced his sophomore feature Netflix’s 7 Prisoners.

The film, starring Christian Malheiros and Rodrigo Santoro, follows Mateus, a poor 18-year-old from rural Brazil who leaves home for what sounds like a solid opportunity—a job at a metal scrapyard in São Paulo, earning enough money to help support his mother and sisters back home. Matheus and a small group of teenagers in similar economic circumstances head to the big city, but when they get there a nightmare awaits. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and debuted in the Top 10 worldwide on the streaming platform, peaking at No. 1 in Brazil.

A Guggenheim Fellow and a Film Independent Fellow, Moratto is currently developing his English-language debut set in the US Latino boxing community. The script received support from the SFFILM Rainin Grant, the Gotham Labs and the Cine Qua Non Labs.

Moratto will continue to be represented by WME.

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