WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL
by Marcelo Gomes
The small village of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism. Each year, more than 20 million pairs of jeans are produced in make-shift factories. The locals work non-stop hours, proud to be the masters of their own time. During Carnival - the only leisure moment of the year - they transgress the logic of accumulation of goods, sell their belongings without regret and flee to the beaches in search of ephemeral happiness. When Ash Wednesday arrives, a new work cycle begins.
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Screenplay: Marcelo Gomes
Producers: Nara Aragão, João Vieira Jr.
Co-producer: Ernesto Soto
Cinematography: Pedro Andrade
Editing: Karen Harley
Sound Designer: Nicolau Domingues
Sound: Pedro Moreira, Moabe Filho
Music: O Grivo
Assistant Director: Karina Nobre
Executive Producer: João Vieira Jr.
Production Companies: Carnaval Filmes, Misti Filmes, Rec Produtores Associados
DIRECTOR - MARCELO GOMES
Marcelo Gomes’ debut feature film Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures, a road movie set in the hinterlands, gathered great media attention in 2005 at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard official selection) where it won France's National Education Award.
In 2009 he presented at Venice Film Festival I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You - one of his most studied works. Co-directed with Karim Ainouz, the film blurs the line between fiction and documentary and has obtained enormous attention from film critics and art curators. The film won awards at festivals in Toulouse, Havana and Paris, among others. In 2012 Gomes presented his third feature film: Once upon a time was I, Veronica, a reflection upon the existential yearn of young people in urban metropolitan cities of Brazil. It premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won awards at festivals such as San Sebastian, Brasilia, Manaus (Brazil), Havana and Guadalajara (Mexico).
Gomes has developed long time collaborations with other artists such as Cao Guimarães – one of Brazils most revered visual artists. They co-directed the feature film The Man of The Crowd which they presented together at Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama selection in 2014. The film won awards at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Guadalajara (Mexico) and Toulouse (France). Gomes’ most recent feature film Joaquim, was selected for the Competition at the 67th Berlinale in 2017. This unconventional biography of the Brazilian XVIII-century martyr Tiradentes is a co-production between Brazil, Portugal and Spain. It has won prizes in the Havana Film Festival and Fenix Latin American Awards.
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"An admirable show of democracy and honesty... Shot with a cinematic eye and wistful nostalgia for an older Brazil, the film is a portrait of marauding capitalism in modern-day Brazil."
- John Hopewell, Variety
"Gomes delights in the eccentricities of local characters... chronicling an unusual economic-anthropological phenomenon with patience, humor and unquestioning warmth."
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"Hauntingly beautiful documentary."
- The Upcoming