August Winds
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    August Winds

    Ventos de Agosto

    Directed by

    Brazil

    2014

    77 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her grandmother. There, she drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music, dreams of being a tattoo artist and feels trapped in the tiny coastal village. She is involved with Jeison, who also works on the coconut farm and who free dives for lobster and octopus in his spare time. The month of August is usually the time when tropical storms pound the coastline and a wind specialist comes to the village to research the intertropical zone of convergence. While high tides and growing winds rage, a surprising discovery takes Shirley and Jeison on a journey that confronts them with the duality between life and death, loss and memory, the wind and the sea.

    Awards

    • Jury Special Mention - Locarno FF
    • Best Director, Best Sound - Janela IFF
    • Best Film - Istanbul IIFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Dandara De Morais
    Geová Manoel Dos Santos
    Screenplay
    Gabriel Mascaro
    Rachel Ellis
    Cinematography
    Gabriel Mascaro
    Editing
    Ricardo Pretti
    Eduardo Serrano
    Production
    DESVIA FILMES

    Press

    atmospheric, strikingly lensed drama

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    An engagingly episodic and strikingly beautiful drama, Gabriel Mascaro’s August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) is a slight but rather bewitching film...

    Screen International

      Impressive debut [...] Lovely [...] Elegant [...] Lyrical [...] The movie arrives at a gorgeous finale that brings its main ideas to an eloquent close, [...] as a first feature, it's a striking accomplishment that manages to use small, understated fragments to explore a bigger picture simultaneously in tune with its setting and timeless.

    Erik Kohn, Indiewire

    The film is often as funny as it is touching and is interwoven with a finely crafted net of symbolism that becomes apparent only in retrospect. A finely crafted film that weaves together sex and death, wind and hope, ethography and fiction in a quiet, almost fleeting offer.

    Michael Sennhauser, Swiss National TV and Radio (SFR)

    A bright spot in the quiet dreariness of the competition was brought in by VENTOS DE AGOSTO by Gabriel Mascaro

    Stefan Busz, Der Landbote (CH)

    A film that one appreciates for its atmosphere: a sincere journey of initiation with a beautiful formal originality that manages to capture the winds of the title, that lets us experience it vividly in its eternal indifference to human goings-on.

    Mauro Donzelli, Coming Soon IT

    [...] a languid and decidedly arty contemplation of life and death.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Gabriel Mascaro

    Gabriel Mascaro

    Brazil

    My interest in making films is crossing ethical borders, and how these ethical boundaries can be problematized within the film.

    Gabriel Mascaro (1983) lives and works in Recife (Brazil). His work explores hybrid narratives employing intriguing apparatus (dispositifs) that provoke complex and controversial political and aesthetic encounters that reflect on the negotiation of power relationships in their most diverse forms. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Museums of Barcelona and Vigo, at La Casa Escendida - Madrid, the 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP, Videobrasil and at important film festivals, such as Rotterdam, CPHDox, Oberhausen, Visions du Réel, IDFA, Munich, Jihlava, Bafici, Los Angeles, Miami, Indielisboa, Zurich and Bratislava. His work has been reviewed in various magazines, including Variety (USA), Cahiers du Cinema (FRA) and E-Flux (USA). Mascaro participated in the Videobrasil/Videoformes Artist in Residence Program (FRA) where he developed a series of video installations and is in pre-production of his first feature fiction film with support from Hubert Bals Fund (Rotterdam) and Ibermedia. He is known for HOUSEMAIDS (2013) and AUGUST WINDS (2014). His film NEON BULL (2015), awarded at the Venice IFF and Toronto IFF among others, was the big winner at FICCI in the Official Competition in 2016. His film DIVINE LOVE (2019) premiered in Sundance Film Festival and was presented in Berlinale Panorama.

    Selected Filmography