Selfish Mysticism, Queer Utopias: 'Homo-ness' in Carlos Hugo Christensen's O menino e o vento

  • James Hodgson University of Manchester
Keywords: Queer cinema, homosexuality, Leo Bersani, Brazil, film aesthetics


This article considers Carlos Hugo Christensen's film O menino e o vento (1968) through the work of queer theorist Leo Bersani. It argues that Christensen’s depiction of same-sex desire makes a fundamental challenge to social organization by reconfiguring the basic unit of interpersonal relations (self and other). Against the well-disciplined homosexual subject, the film presents homosexuality as an impersonal, quasi-mystical, homoerotic force that breaks down and transcends the barriers between individuals, shattering all efforts to name and so to control it. This article addresses specifically the question of queer utopias, sketching out what one might look like in Lusophone cinema. It contributes to the current scholarship on Christensen while examining how ideas about homosexuality are formulated in Lusophone cultures more generally, and how they might be politically useful.

Author Biography

James Hodgson, University of Manchester

James Hodgson is an Early Career Research Associate at the University of Manchester. He has published articles on sexuality and Brazilian cinema in Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinema (2017) and Via Atlântica (2018).