Country: Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Norway, Uruguay
Original Title: Divino Amor
Running Time: 101min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Marimbas Award, HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
In a future Brazil of 2027, fundamental evangelicalism has become the prevailing influence on society. Civil servant Joanna leads a humble and devoted life, especially in the notary’s office she works at, where she has made it her mission to save couples who attempt to file for divorce by throwing bureaucratic roadblocks in their path. With her husband Danilo (Julio Machado), Joanna recruits unhappy couples into “Divine Love,” a spiritual group that promises spiritual solutions to the feelings of greatest lack. Even with the spiritual asceticism of the modern age, the famed carnality and extroverted exuberance of Brazilian culture must morph into new codes of expression.
Gabriel Mascaro’s brilliant new film could not possibly arrive at a more precise and timely moment. As Brazil’s new leadership embarks on a drastic split with the recent past, the prospect of the unsettling reality of religious hegemony seems closer than ever. The entrancing, vibrant world Mascaro carefully crafts around Joanna leads her to question her innermost beliefs, ultimately confronting her with shocking new truths.
Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Producer: Rachel Daisy Ellis
Screenwriter: Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Esdras Bezerra, Lucas Paraízo
Production Company: Memento Films International
Music: Roberto Espinoza
Cinematographer: Diego Garcia
Editor: Livia Serpa, Eduardo Serrano, Fernando Epstein, George Cragg