Waiting For The Carnival

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  • Directed by: Marcelo Gomes
  • Producers: Nara Aragão and João Vieira Jr.
  • Co-Producer: Ernesto Soto
  • Edited by: Karen Harley
  • Length: 86′
  • Country: Brazil
  • Year: 2019

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.

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).