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Divino Amor

Divine Love

Rachel Daisy Ellis (Drehbuchautorin Produzentin/Screenwriter, Producer), Sandino Saravia Vinay (Ko-Produzent/Co-Producer), Livia Serpa (Montage/Editor), Diego Garcia (Kamera/Cinematography), Dira Paes (Schauspielerin/Actress), Gabriel Mascaro (Regisseur, Drehbuchautor/Director, Screenwriter),

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

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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.

Gabriel Mascaro

Brazil / Uruguay / Chile / Denmark / Norway / Sweden 2019


100’ · Colour


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


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


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

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