Nominated for Best Male Lead
Male Lead: Sócrates
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), Sócrates is the debut feature film from 29-year-old Brazilian-American filmmaker Alex 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.
Christian Malheiros is a Brazilian actor. He is a graduate of the EAC, Escola de Artes Cênicas, in Santos, São Paulo, where he studied theater acting. While a student, he was chosen out of hundreds of candidates to play the lead role in Sócrates, his feature film debut. In 2018, Malheiros had his theater debut in São Paulo in Jean Racine’s Fedra, directed by Roberto Alvim, where he was praised for his performance by top critics, including Dirceu Alves Jr. from Veja São Paulo who called his performance “a revelation.”