WCA: Divino amor

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World Cinema Amsterdam: Brazilian film Divino Amor is a mix of science fiction and a sensual relationship drama

Brazil, 2027: civil servant Joana is in charge of divorce cases, but as a religious woman she actually tries to prevent divorces from happening. Instead, she sends her clients to the Divine Love sex therapy group.

What will the world look like in eight years? Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, best known for his rodeo drama Neon Bull (2015), sketches an intriguing picture in his latest film Divino Amor, a mix of science fiction and a sensual relationship drama. Even though at first glance not a lot appears to have changed, some things are really different: the architecture is slightly more impersonal, there is more industry, but especially government control over everyday life has greatly expanded; detectors at the entrance of buildings can immediately identify all citizens – they know everything about you.

About the director:

Gabriel Mascaro (1983, Brazil) is a director, screenwriter and artist who first became known for documentaries. His debut feature, Ventos de Agosto (2014), received a Special Mention at Locarno. Boi Neon (2015) won several awards and was Brazil’s entry for the Goyas. Divino Amor won the Feisal Award for Best Feature Film at Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019.