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Gabriel Mascaro: The Poetics of Bodies

'Ventos de agosto', de Gabriel Mascaro


Gabriel Mascaro: The Poetics of Bodies

From 10 March to 02 April 2021

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2

This cycle dedicated to the films of one of the leading lights of new Brazilian cinema is divided into the two phases of his work: the first one focuses on documentaries about urban inequalities and the second one examines the situation of contemporary Brazil through fiction.

Gabriel Mascaro's work is characterised by a critical interpretation of contemporary society in which he analyses the social reality of Brazil and investigates the relations between micropolitics and daily life. His films evidence a special talent for creating evocative images and visually powerful atmospheres that capture the force and carnality of the human body in relation to desire and the local milieu. His work has evolved from a distinctly realistic portrait of society to a more lyrical, fragmented and even dystopian approach.

A visual artist and film-maker, Gabriel Mascaro is one of the most prestigious Brazilian directors working today. He was born in Recife in 1983 and studied social communication at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He started making films in 2008, initially in the documentary field with titles like Um lugar ao sol [High-Rise] (2009), Avenida Brasília Formosa (2010) and Doméstica [Housemaids] (2012). That same year, 2012, he also made the video art piece EBB AND FLOW (A Onda Trás o Vento Leva), which was exhibited at La Casa Encendida.

In 2014 he released his first fiction feature film, Ventos de agosto [August Winds], following it up with Boi Neon [Neon Bull] (2015) and Divino amor [Divine Love] (2019). All of them have an impressive track record in terms of international festivals, with screenings at Sundance, Berlinale, San Sebastián, BFI London, IndieLisboa and BAFICI, and have received more than 30 international distinctions, including awards at Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Mar del Plata.

The cycle is completed with a live online meeting between Gabriel Mascaro and Andrea Franco, which takes place on March 18 at 6:00 p.m. It will be broadcast from the Zoom platform and, to participate, it is necessary to register.

Andrea Franco has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in film theory and history, and she obtained a cum laude mention for her doctoral thesis examining the city and urban space through contemporary Latin American cinema. She programmes film cycles for festivals, film archives, art centres and digital platforms, and she has curated shows and retrospectives on the intersection of film and other arts, including the ones dedicated to Gordon Matta-Clark, Jonas Mekas, Jeannette Muñoz, and Camilo Restrepo & L'Abominable, and the film showcase at the Latin American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. She contributes regularly to magazines like Transit and Cine y otros Desvíos, as well as to La Furia Umana, which she also co-publishes. She is the author of the book Iberoamérica Urbana. Itinerarios por un cine desencantado (2018).

Activities Cycle Gabriel Mascaro: The Poetics of Bodies Open/close Cycle
  • From 10 to 16 March 2021
    “Um lugar ao sol” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Um lugar ao sol” by Gabriel Mascaro

    The film explores the status and power of the Brazilian elite classes through the verticalisation of the urban (…)

  • From 13 to 20 March 2021
    “Ventos de Agosto” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Ventos de Agosto” by Gabriel Mascaro

    In his first fiction film, Gabriel Mascaro swaps the city for a sleepy Brazilian coastal town where nothing out of the (…)

  • From 17 to 23 March 2021
    “Avenida Brasília Formosa” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Avenida Brasília Formosa” by Gabriel Mascaro

    Straddling the documentary and fiction formats, this film depicting the everyday life of the residents of a poor (…)

  • From 20 to 26 March 2021
    “Boi neon” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Boi neon” by Gabriel Mascaro

    This film about a rodeo worker who dreams of switching to the clothing industry deconstructs culturally accepted (…)

  • From 24 to 30 March 2021
    “Doméstica” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Doméstica” by Gabriel Mascaro

    A group of teenagers film their family housemaids, providing an insight into domestic work in the family environment (…)

  • From 27 March to 02 April 2021
    “Divino Amor” by Gabriel Mascaro
    La Casa On, Screenings, Films “Divino Amor” by Gabriel Mascaro

    This film speculates about a near future in which bureaucracy and religious fanaticism govern life in Brazil after a (…)

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