After his mother’s sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo’s coast, must survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Produced by Ramin Bahrani (99 HOMES), Executive Produced by Fernando Meirelles (CITY OF GOD), and filmed with a micro budget of under twenty thousand dollars, SOCRATES is the debut feature film from Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto. It is the first feature produced by the Querô Institute in Brazil where it was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from local low-income communities, with the support of UNICEF.


Winner | Film Independent Spirit Awards, Someone To Watch Award
Winner | Thessaloniki Film Festival, Special Mention of the Jury & Inaugural Mermaid Award
Winner | Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Winner | São Paulo International Film Festival, Honorable Mention of the International Jury
Winner | Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, Felix Award
Winner | Miami Film Festival, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Winner | Woodstock Film Festival, Ultra Indie Award
Winner | International Film Festival of Uruguay, Best Film, New Filmmakers Competition
Winner | Mix Brasil Festival, Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor
Winner | Festival de Gostoso, Honorable Mention of the Jury
Winner | OUTShine Film Festival, Jury Prize
Winner | Craft Film Festival Barcelona, Jury Award
Nominee | Best Male Lead, Christian Malheiros, Film Independent Spirit Awards
Nominee | John Cassavetes Award, Film Independent Spirit Awards

Official Selections

Thessaloniki Film Festival | Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival | Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma | São Paulo Film Festival | Rio de Janeiro Film Festival | Palm Springs Film Festival | Havana Film Festival | Los Angeles Film Festival | BFI Flare | TIFF Next Wave | Miami Film Festival | Guadalajara Film Festival | Cartagena Film Festival | Istanbul Film Festival | Seattle Film Festival | Woodstock Film Festival | Mix Brazil | Gostoso Film Festival | Massimadi Festival | Craft Film Festival Barcelona