Athens International Film Festival

Divine Love

20/09/19, 22:15, DANAOS 1
27/09/19, 22:00, ASTOR

A couple who are trying to have a child to no avail. A religious sect which uses provocative methods in an attempt to safeguard the bonds of holy matrimony. And a futuristic Brazilian society which camouflages its ever growing conservatism with dance parties, neon lights and ritualistic orgies. A sinful “allegory” about the limits of faith and love against the backdrop of an entire country’s future.


BRAZIL, URUGUAY, DENMARK, NORWAY, CHILE |  2019 | COLOR | DCP | 100΄ | PORTUGUESE

Serious manual of true faith or a satirical new age theological construct? A psychological discourse of a deeply rooted Catholicism or a wry pop witticism of Messianism with a provocative soft-core edge? The best thing about the film by the talented Brazilian Gabriel Mascaro is how it makes you feel strange without feeling alienated, how it finds equally honesty and futuristic humour in the depths of its soul, how in its own weird way combines folklore, popular feeling and the exploitation of fear of God and the divine silence, creating a visionary aspiration of a film.

The story of a deeply religious Brazilian woman and her strange pregnancy seems weird and provocative at first, and maybe it will make some feel inconvenient but as it goes on you realize she’s talking about an unexpectedly old-fashioned but universal ‘what if’ that surpasses the limits of a paradox festival film. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Mascaro
SCREENWRITERS: Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Esdras Bezerra, Lucas Paraizo
DoP: Diego Garcia
EDITORS: Livia Serpa, Eduardo Serrano, Fernando Epstein, George Cragg
PRINCIPAL CAST: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Emilio de Melo, Teca Pereira, Mariana Nunes, Thalita Carauta

GABRIEL MASCARO
A 36 year-old director and visual artist from Brazil who got a special mention for his debut film at Locarno, while his second feature was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Venice. His documentaries and installations have been presented at well known festivals and museums worldwide.

FILMOGRAPHY
2019 Divine Love
2015 Neon Bull
2014 August Winds



        : Festival Darlings

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        24/9/2020, 19:30, ANESIS

        MARTIN EDEN

        MARTIN EDEN

        24/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        24/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        24/9/2020, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/9/2020, 23:00, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        CICADA

        CICADA

        26/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        3/10/2020, 19:45, TRIANON

         THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ANESIS

        BLACK BEAR

        BLACK BEAR

        26/9/2020, 22:30, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 22:45, ANESIS

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA

         SHIRLEY

        SHIRLEY

        26/9/2020, 22:45, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        30/9/2020, 20:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 22:45, RIVIERA

        THE EVENING HOUR

        THE EVENING HOUR

        27/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        2/10/2020, 22:30, TRIANON

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        28/9/2020, 19:30, RIVIERA

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        28/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 23:00, TRIANON

        INSTINCT

        INSTINCT

        29/9/2020, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        1/10/2020, 19:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        FAREWELL AMOR

        FAREWELL AMOR

        30/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 19:45, STELLA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        2/10/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA
        4/10/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        MINAMATA

        MINAMATA

        3/10/2020, 19:30, ATHINAIA

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        3/10/2020, 20:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 22:30, RIVIERA

        HOPE / HÅP

        HOPE / HÅP

        3/10/2020, 22:15, ANESIS

        AMMONITE

        AMMONITE

        4/10/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU