August Winds

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Reviewed by: Richard Mowe

"Through an intimate story of a close-knit community, Mascaro takes on wider themes of global warming in a subtle way."

The elements play a crucial role in the first fiction feature by Brazilian documentary filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro, which takes place in a small coastal town during the tropical storms of summer.

Through an intimate story of a close-knit community, he takes on wider themes of global warming in a subtle way.

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Dandara de Morais, plays Shirley, a teenager who becomes embroiled in an unexpected adventure after moving away from the city to look after her grandmother.

The idea came from Mascaro’s travels in the region when he saw lots of big houses as well as a cemetery being challenged by the sea. He wanted to create some tense situations mixed with power relationships against this background.

The city girl drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music and wants to be a tattoo artist but after her other life she feels trapped in the tiny community.

Partly to relieve the boredom she has an affair with Jeison (Geová Manoel Dos Santos), who also works on the coconut farm and who in his spare time free dives for lobster and octopus.

The high tides, winds and the elements provoke a journey of discovery for them both.

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2014
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A teenager finds adventure when she leaves the city to look after her grandmother.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro

Writer: Gabriel Mascaro

Starring: Dandara de Morais, Geová Manoel Dos Santos

Year: 2014

Runtime: 77 minutes

Country: Brazil


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