Azougue Nazaré

Tiago Melo

IFFR 2018

Bright Future

  • 80'
  • Brazil
  • 2018

In Nazaré da Mata, a small town near Recife in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, young people don’t hold rap battles, but samba battles. The Afro-Brazilian culture of the maracatu, a dance and music spectacle related to carnival with roots in the era of slavery, is in their blood. A local evangelical pastor, however, regards this cultural heritage as inspired by the devil: he thinks the people should renounce the maracatu in order to let God in. 

Azougue Nazareth follows a group of men and women leading up to carnival. As they wrestle with everyday problems, weird and maybe even supernatural events take place in the town. Who or what are the strange apparitions in the sugarcane field?

The actors were drawn from an existing  maracatugroup and this contributes to the authentic character of this cheerful and lively fiction film, which shows how important the costumes, music and other expressions of  maracatu are in Pernambuco – and how traditions are always renewed.

Winner Bright Future Award, IFFR 2018

Director
Tiago Melo
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
International title
Azougue Nazareth
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Leonardo Sette, Vanessa Barbosa
Production Companies
Lucinda Films, Urânio Filmes
Sales
Lucinda Films
Screenplay
Tiago Melo, Jeronimo Lemos
Cinematography
Gustavo Pessoa
Editor
André Sampaio
Production Design
Tiago Melo
Sound Design
Gustavo S. Rocha
Music
Anderson Miguel, Tomaz Alvez, Tiago Melo
Cast
Valmir do Côco, Joana Gatis, Mestre Barachinha, Mohana Uchôa