Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro’s third feature, Divine Love (previously known as Overgod) has been highly anticipated ever since his 2015 breakout Neon Bull (read our review). A co-production between Uruguay, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden, the film is produced by Rachel Ellis (with a bevy of co-producers, Sandino Saravia, Katrin Pors, Maria Ekerhovd, Anthony Muir, Dan Wechsler and Vincent Wang). Mascaro reunites with his Neon Bull DP Diego Garcia (who also lensed Cemetery of Splendor and this year’s Wildlife) and among the cast are Dira Paes, Julio Machado (of Hard Labor and Joaquim), and Emilio de Mello. Mascaro’s 2014 debut August Winds competed in Locarno (where it won a Special Mention), while Neon Bull premiered in Venice’s Horizons sidebar (where it won a Special Jury Prize) and also competed in Toronto’s first annual Platform program.
Gist: Written by Mascaro, Rachel Ellis (also producing), Esdras Bezerra and Lucas Paraizo, Divine Love deals with an Evangelical 42-year-old woman who uses her position in a notary’s office to assist struggling couples. But when she suffers a crisis within her own marriage, she is brought closer to God.
Release Date/Prediction: Production took place in fall of 2017, which is why Divine Love had been expected to appear somewhere in 2018. Instead, Mascaro will be competing in the World Cinema Dramatic program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.