Pirambu, a fisherman, was removed from both his home in the slums and his livelihood, in order to make way for the construction of the Brasilia Formosa Avenue, which occupies a valuable stretch of Recife’s urban coastline. Fabio, who works with video, registering important events in the community, holds rare images of an historic and emblematic visit by President Lula to the neighbourhood when the slum was destroyed. Fabio is hired by Debora, a manicurist, to film her Big Brother application video. He also films the birthday party of Cauan, a five year Spiderman fan. Through the day-to-day routine of Pirambu, Fabio, Debora and Cauan and a poetic web of encounters, memories and desires the film Defiant Brasilia provides a sensorial insight into the contemporary reality of its residents and their relationship with the newly constructed avenue. Placing real characters within a fictional structure and with a strong photographic conceptual framework, the film draws you into a cinemagraphic dance, a ballet that suspends and sustains reality on the very points of its toes.
- FIGA FILMS
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.