Tiago Melo at IFFR
Urban boy Leo is hazed by his cousin and friends in the dead heat of Brazil's summer. Fabulous contemporary morality tale.
A feature debut, fresh and cheerful in tone, from the Brazilian state if Pernambuco, where IFFR finds so many beautiful films. Mysterious events and religious conflicts influence love and relationships in the sugarcane fields around the town of Nazaré. A conflict emerges between the recent wave of evangelicals and the carnivalesque African traditions of maracatu rural.
Against her better judgment, elegant Bethania refuses to relinquish her heritage, instead reviving the past. The old sugar mill is on an estate currently controlled by the descendants of slaves. Are these merely Bethania's dreams, or is candomblé (voodoo) involved?