In Nazaré da Mata, a small town near Recife in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, young people don’t hold rap battles, but samba battles. The Afro-Brazilian culture of the maracatu, a dance and music spectacle related to carnival with roots in the era of slavery, is in their blood. A local evangelical pastor, however, regards this cultural heritage as inspired by the devil: he thinks the people should renounce the maracatu in order to let God in.
- Bright Future Award - IFF Rotterdam
- SFCC French Critics' Prize - Cinélatino
- Best Actor (Valmir do Côco) - Rio FF
- Valmir do Côco
- Joana Gatis
- Mestre Barachinha
- Mohana Uchôa
- Tiago Melo
- Jeronimo Lemos
- Gustavo Pessoa
- André Sampaio
- Anderson Miguel
- Tomaz Alvez
- Tiago Melo
- LUCINDA FILMES
Cultures clash with a reverberant clang in Azougue Nazare, a promisingly energetic and distinctive first feature from Brazilian writer-director Tiago Melo.
Tiago Melo (1984, Brazil) started his career in theater. In 2007, he took the course Dramatic Construction at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), Cuba. Since then, he has worked in film production on several short films and more than twenty feature films, under which much awarded BOI NEON (Neon Bull). As a director, Melo made his first short documentary URÂNIO PICUÍ in 2012. His debut feature AZOUGUE NAZARÉ(2018), world premiere at IFFR, dives deep into rural Brazil. Melo demystifies the everyday life of those who form the Maracatu Rural, commenting on universal emotions and desires and the influence of technology and social media.