Gabriel Mascaro: Ebbs and Flows
The political and poetic meet in the incisive, richly textured films of Gabriel Mascaro. With an eye for indelible images and a keen understanding of often-invisible social structures, he has emerged in recent years as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary Brazil. In a career that’s straddled both documentary and narrative, Mascaro has probed his country’s class divisions, changing landscapes, and sexual norms—always with a fearless intellectual curiosity and a sensuous visual palette. On the occasion of his stunning new film, Neon Bull (a 2016 New Directors/New Films selection opening at the Film Society on April 8), we revisit the work of one of international cinema’s most exciting new auteurs.
Organized by Dennis Lim.
On the occasion of the theatrical release of his stunning new film, Neon Bull (opening here April 8), the Film Society revisits the work of one of international cinema’s most exciting new auteurs. With his sensuous visual palette and keen understanding of often-invisible social structures, Gabriel Mascaro chronicles the class divisions and changing landscapes of contemporary Brazil.
A steamy love affair between a city girl and a country boy plays out against the weather-beaten landscapes of coastal Brazil in the climate-change era. Mascaro’s prizewinning narrative debut is a sultry, richly sensorial meditation on sex, death, and decay in the tropics.
Avenida Brasília Formosa
Interweaving tales of memories, dreams, and desires play out amid a rapidly changing urban landscape in Mascaro’s poetic portrait of a resilient working-class community, which is rich with the vibrant sights and sounds of the favela.
In Brazil, a country riddled with poverty, a select few rise above it all. Using the modern high rise as a metaphor for income inequality, Mascaro talks to wealthy penthouse owners who offer candid, sometimes jaw-dropping thoughts on power, privilege, and life at the top.
For this provocative social experiment, Mascaro armed seven teenagers with movie cameras in order to film their live-in maids for a week. The result is an eye-opening portrait of deep-seated class divisions within the Brazilian home.
Screening with: Ebb and Flow (Gabriel Mascaro, 29m)
A handsome Brazilian cowboy, traveling the rodeo circuit with his unorthodox surrogate family, dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Culminating in an unforgettable sex scene, Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice and Toronto prizewinner is a quietly affirming exploration of desire and labor, a humane and sensual study of bodies at work and at play.
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Interview: Gabriel Mascaro