Divino Amor

Divine Love
Brazil in the year 2027. Civil servant Joana mainly deals with divorce cases. As a member of a branch of evangelical Christians known as the Divino Amor group, she uses her position to offer a kind of physical therapy to couples who want to separate: Exploring sexuality with the aim of reconciling quarreling couples. Although Joana and Danilo regularly consummate their marriage, neither Joana’s constant prayers nor any other methods of assistance seem to be able to fulfill their desire for a child, a fact that increasingly depresses the couple. But then a miracle finally happens. Director and visual artist Gabriel Mascaro’s third feature film is a futuristic gospel. His drama about jealousy, the fear of God, and love plays out in front of a series of impressive-looking reinforced concrete buildings that subtly reflect the science-fiction character of the story. A film that also asks what else faith can move besides mountains.
by Gabriel Mascaro
with Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Emilio de Melo, Teca Pereira, Calum Rio, Mariana Nunes, Thalita Carauta
Brazil / Uruguay / Chile / Denmark / Norway / Sweden 2019 Portuguese 100’ Colour


  • Dira Paes (Joana)
  • Julio Machado (Danilo)
  • Emilio de Melo (Pastor)
  • Teca Pereira (Mestra)
  • Calum Rio (Narrator)
  • Mariana Nunes (Divorcee)
  • Thalita Carauta (Client)


Director Gabriel Mascaro
Screenplay Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Lucas Paraizo, Esdras Bezerra
Cinematography Diego Garcia
Editing Livia Serpa, Eduardo Serrano, Fernando Epstein, George Cragg
Music Juan Campodónico, Santiago Marrero, Otávio Santos
Sound Design Roberto Espinoza
Sound Fabian Oliver
Production Design Thales Junqueira
Costumes Rita Azevedo
Make-Up Tayce Vale
Producer Rachel Daisy Ellis
Associate Producers Vincent Wang, José Alvarenga Jr
Co-Producers Sandino Saravia Vinay, Katrin Pors, Augusto Matte, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade, Maria Ekerhovd, Anthony Muir
Co-Production Malbicho Cine Montevideo
Snowglobe Kopenhagen
Jirafa Valdivia
Bord Cadre Films Genf
Mer Films Oslo
Film i Väst Trollhättan

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Gabriel Mascaro

This director, screenwriter and artist lives and works in Recife, Brazil and first became known for his documentary work. His debut feature film, Ventos de Agosto (August Winds) premiered in competition at Locarno in 2014 where it received a Special Mention. Boi Neon (Neon Bull) won the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival and went on to pick up two Fénix Film Awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, as well as being Brazil’s entry in the Goya Awards.


2008 KFZ-1348; documentary 2009 Um Lugar ao Sol (High-Rise); documentary 2010 As Aventuras de Paulo Bruscky (The Adventures of Paulo Bruscky); short film · Avenida Brasilia Teimosa (Defiant Brasilia); documentary 2012 A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva (Ebb & Flow); short film · Doméstica (Housemaids); documentary 2014 Ventos de Agosto (August Winds) 2015 Boi Neon (Neon Bull)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019