February 6, 2021 -
Brazilian artist and director Gabriel Mascaro (Neon Bull) returns with Divine Love, a “profound cinematic question about the nature of the country’s conflicted soul.” (IndieWire)
In 2027 Brazil, civil servant Joana — a devout evangelical Christian — uses her position in a notary’s office to offer a kind of therapy to couples who want to divorce. At the same time, her own marriage is strained: she and her husband Danilo are trying desperately to have a child, but neither her constant prayers nor any other methods of assistance seem to be able to fulfill their desire. Losing hope, they turn to a cult-like religious group called “Divino Amor,” which offers moral support — along with church-sanctioned partner-swapping. It’s the start of a journey that will challenge everything they believe.
“This is a shocking, wonderfully acted and surprisingly erotic film that leaves one with more questions than answers, like any good film that dares to tackle the vastness of faith should.” –RogerEbert.com
Portuguese with English subtitles
Watch a Q&A with Director Gabriel Mascaro