What if Brazil was to legalize marijuana for recreational use? What kind of environment would that create? What hope does it engender for dealers who now find their trade a legal one? Such are the questions that HBO Latin American’s latest original series Pico da Neblina (Joint Venture) raises as it imagines an alternate reality where that indeed is the case. Created by Quico Meirelles and executive produced by his father, Oscar nominee Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Pico da Neblina follows Biriba (Luis Navarro), a former drug dealer, as he attempts to put his criminal past behind him and use his knowledge to sell the product legally, with the help of a former client and inexperienced business partner, Vini (Daniel Furlan).
The gritty-looking drama aims to offer a new kind of urban tale in its fictional take on São Paulo. Biriba juggles building a business from the ground up, while supporting his mother, sister and nieces. He also tries to steer clear of his childhood friend Salim (Henrique Santana), who remains committed to a life of crime. More Weeds than High Maintenance, Pico da Neblina promises to immerse viewers into a contemporary take on Brazilian culture that may well be a City of God for 2019. Take a look at the full trailer below.
New episodes of Pico da Neblina debut every Friday on HBO Latino, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.