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Divino amor

Divine Love
Gabriel Mascaro
Brasilien, Uruguay, … 2019
100min
V'19

Brasilien im Jahr 2027: Das Land hat sich stark verändert. Was früher der Karneval war, eine soziale Institution für alle, sind nun Spektakel im Zeichen der „höchsten Liebe“. Joana Martins verkörpert die neuen Werte. Sie ist fromm, und nur eine Sache lässt sie zweifeln: Sie wird nicht schwanger. Bei den Präsidentenwahlen im Jahr 2018 waren evangelikale Bewegungen in Brasilien ein entscheidender Faktor. Gabriel Mascaro blickt mit DIVINO AMOR in eine beunruhigende Zukunft, in der Bigotterie und Biopolitik zu einem neuen Totalitarismus verschmelzen, und die Menschen im Bann einer psychedelisch ausgemalten Designerreligion leben. (Bert Rebhandl)

 

In the near future, in a Brazil ruled by the Party of Supreme Love, whose rituals and strength in numbers evoke the rise of Latin American evangelicals, women and men are judged by their ability to bear offspring. Such is the premise of Gabriel Mascaro’s third fiction feature DIVINO AMOR, a sly dystopian drama that upends one of the most enduring Christian myths – that of immaculate conception. Joana, the film’s heroine, believes so ardently in the sanctity of marriage that she volunteers to give counseling to couples who file for divorce in her governmental agency and then recruits them for her prayer group. Her own difficulties with getting pregnant bring anguish to her marital life, though also some intense pleasures (as always in Mascaro’s work, DIVINO AMOR revels in sensualist scenes). But soon Joana receives a divine blessing and faces a great mystery. It will test her marriage and bring the opprobrium of fellow believers, even though, ironically, it prophesies a new world. Mascaro mixes biblical fervor with sleek neon-infused cinematography and adds a extra dreamy touch in the voiceover – a tale narrated by not just any child. (Ela Bittencourt)

Credits
  • Dira Paes - Joana
  • Julio Machado - Danilo
  • Teca Pereira - Divine Love Group Leader
  • Emílio de Melo - Pastor
  • Thalita Carauta - Janice
  • Calum Rio - Narrator
  • Gabriel Mascaro
  • Rachel Ellis
  • Lucas Paraizo
  • Esdras Bezerra
  • Roberto Espinoza
  • Gabriel Mascaro
  • Fernando Epstein
  • George Cragg
  • Eduardo Serrano
  • Livia Serpa
  • Rita Azevedo
Desvia, Snowglobe, Malbicho, Globo Films, Mer Film

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