蓋布瑞爾・馬斯卡洛 Gabriel MASCARO
巴西 Brazil、烏拉圭 Uruguay、丹麥 Denmark、挪威 Norway、智利 Chile | 2019 | DCP | Colour | 101min
Gabriel MASCARO is a Brazilian director, screenwriter and artist who is first known for his documentary work. His debut feature film, August Winds (2014), received a Special Mention at Locarno Film Festival. Neon Bull (2015) is also one of his award-winning and shortlisted films.
2019 柏林影展 Berlinale
2019 日舞影展 Sundance FF
2019 香港電影節 Hong Kong IFF
Brazil has traditionally been referred to as a liberal and united country, where the annual Carnaval celebrations espouse the country’s diversity and cordiality. But the fact is that during the past few years, a cultural, social and political transformation led by powerful, ultra-conservative forces, with substantial support from media outlets, has taken hold in the country. The film takes place in 2027 when the majority of the population is Evangelical, but the state still claims to be secular. It is a film that speculates the near future through an extraordinary allegory, despite the present day displaying ever stronger signs of this reality.
Instead of telling the story of a character fighting against this conservative shift - a strategy that would have been easier for me, perhaps - I wanted to challenge myself to do the opposite, to tell the story of a woman consumed by a desire to radically advance the conservative religious agenda in a very personal way. I am interested in creating characters that have different values to my own as I believe that within the differences that separate us you can find openings, fissures, that provide opportunities to connect us. I wanted to make a humane movie, as a means of bringing me closer to a character who a priori I would reject. If a societal chasm has emerged as a result of hatred and misunderstanding, cinema is a space where we can fantasize improbable encounters.
DIVINE LOVE is a universal story about the pulsating desire of a woman whose faith is the cornerstone of her life, who waits and searches for a divine sign, and ends up receiving a greater sign than she was prepared for that will either lead her to question everything or bring her even closer to God. This is not a film only about Brazil, DIVINE LOVE is a commentary on the conservative, fanatical and nationalist agenda that is spreading throughout the world and the way those that don’t espouse it, engage with it.