Set in a theocratic Brazil in the year 2027, the film follows a deeply religious woman who uses her position in a notary’s office to try to prevent couples from divorcing. Whilst waiting for a divine sign in recognition of her efforts, she’s confronted with a crisis that ultimately brings her closer to God.
Mascaro’s debut August Winds premiered at Locarno in 2014 and the Brazilian director’s most recent effort Neon Bull (2015) played to acclaim at Venice, Toronto and London. DP is Diego Garcia (Wildlife) and cast includes Dira Paes, Julio Machado and Emilio de Mello.
A co-production between Brazil, Uruguay, Denmark, Norway, Chile and Sweden, the film is produced (and co-written) by Rachel Ellis with a bevy of co-producers. Writers are Mascaro, Ellis, Esdras Bezerra and Lucas Paraizo. Memento Films International handles world sales.