Gabriel Mascaro is about to premiere his first narrative feature at the Locarno International Film Festival on August 8th. Previously, the Brazilian filmmaker has worked in documentary, including his 2012 effort “Housemaids,” in which seven young people film their families’ housemaids to provide a rare insight into the echoes of a colonial past that lingers in contemporary Brazilian households. His latest, “Ventos de Agosto” (August Winds), was co-written by Rachel Ellis and funded by the Fundo de Cultura do Estado de Pernambuco.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her elderly grandmother. She drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music and wants to be a tattoo artist. She feels trapped in the tiny coastal village. She is involved with Jeison, who also works on the coconut farm and who free dives for lobster and octopus in his spare time. During the month of August, when tropical storms pound the coastline, a researcher registering the sound of the trade winds emanating from the Intertropical Convergence Zone arrives in their village. The high tides and the growing winds mark the following days of the village and a surprise discovery takes Shirley and Jeison on a journey that confronts them with the duel between life and death, loss and memory, the wind and the sea.
View the poster below: