Nominated for John Cassavetes Award

John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.


Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Moratto

Writer: Thayná Mantes

Producers: Ramin Bahrani, Jefferson Paulino, Tammy Weiss


After his mother’s sudden death, Sócrates, 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.