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Divine Love

Divino amor

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

In Gabriel Mascaro’s synapse-triggering, fundamentalist-baiting vision of overly evangelical Brazil circa 2027, crises of faith are serviced at drive-thru churches, failing marriages are resuscitated through group sex, and the faithful find transcendence at the sweat-drenched rave-like Party of Supreme Love.

At the centre of this speculative cocktail are Joana (Dira Paes) and Danilo (Julio Machado), a couple whose travails resonate like a sacred chord. Using her position as notary to act as the last line of defence for the sanctity of marriage, Joana prides herself on her ability to guilt-trip couples out of divorce. Meanwhile, she and Danilo find their own union strained by their inability to conceive. How could the higher powers forsake such faithful servants?

Cheekily labelled a "disco-dystopian drama" by Variety, Divine Love is a big-screen protest placard painted in hot pink and electric blue neon.

"This is yet further proof that the 35-year-old Mascaro is one of the most audacious and gifted filmmakers of his generation… an intelligent and elegant cri de coeur about what’s really at stake in a country where the rights, sexual or otherwise, of everyone who isn’t a married heterosexual trying to procreate are in danger…" - Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Director Gabriel Mascaro
Country of Origin: Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/Denmark
Year: 2019
Running Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP Encrypted
Language:In Portuguese
Related Links: Trailer | Review
Cast: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Emílio de Melo, Teca Pereira, Calum Rio, Mariana Nunes
Producer: Rachel Daisy Ellis
Screenwriter: Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Lucas Paraizo, Esdras Bezerra
Cinematographer: Diego Garcia
Editor: Livia Serpa, Eduardo Serrano, Fernando Epstein, George Cragg
Production Design: Thales Junqueira
Music: Juan Campodónico, Santiago Marrero, Otávio Santos
Production Company: Desvia
Print Source: Memento Films International


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