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Body Heat: Gabriel Mascaro Sets Sail on Fourth Fiction Feature

Body Heat: Gabriel Mascaro Sets Sail on Fourth Fiction Feature

August Winds (2014), Neon Bull (2015) and Divine Love (2019) filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro has began production on his fourth fiction feature film in his native Brazil. Details are extremely sparse but what we could tell from the socials is that it might be a challenging production due to the backdrop (fishing village / shoreline) and we are looking at around a five-week shoot. Recife is possibly the main location for the project. Production began this week so we can expect a major film festival showcase beginning with a first bid at a Cannes showcase — his previous films were showcased at heavyweight film fests such as Locarno, Venice and Sundance. No word yet on if cinematographer Diego Garcia has re-teamed with Mascaro. We’ll update the deets on project over the next month ahead.

We were huge fans of his sophomore fiction feature film Neon Bull (Orizzonti Special Jury Prize in Venice, Best Director in Marrakech) with our Nicholas Bell pinpointingthe striking imagery often unfolds with the objective precision of documentary format, a tone enhanced by Mascaro’s free forming narrative, which basically revolves around the blighted dreams of its central character. But the end result is something much stranger and enigmatic than any of these descriptors can possibly capture, and Mascaro flutters between moments of meditative observation and bizarre nighttime proclivities with instances as equally lurid as they are supremely beautiful.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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