August Winds (Ventos de Agosto)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Country: Brazil
Year: 2014
Running Time: 77min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles


In a small seaside village, Shirley cares for her ailing grandmother while working  on a coconut farm and longing to become a tattoo artist. She passes her time with her boyfriend, Jeison, who works as a diver off the coast of their village. When one of Jeison’s dives turns up a human skull, the duo embarks on a quest to identify the remains while confronting their own ideas about desire, love, life, death, and destiny.


About the Director

Gabriel Mascaro

Biography: Gabriel Mascaro (1983) lives and works in Recife (Brazil). He graduated in Social Comunication from the Federal University of Pernambuco. His work explores the negotiation of power relationships in their most diverse forms. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Museums of Barcelona, MOMA Documentary Fortnight – New York, La Casa Escendida – Madrid, AB4 Athens Biennale, 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP, Videobrasil and at important film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Visions du Rèel, IDFA, Munich, Jihlava, Bafici, Los Angeles, Miami, IndieLisbon, Bratislava, Bangkok. His work has been reviewed in various magazines, including Variety (USA), Cahiers du Cinema (FRA). Mascaro participated in the Videobrasil/Videoformes Artist in Residence Program (FRA) and has been awarded at Videobrasil with another residency at Wexner Center for Art -Ohio (USA).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Housemaids (2015);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2015).

The Beetle KFZ-1348 (2008);
High-Rise (2009);
Avenida Brasilia Formosa (2010);
As Aventuras de Paulo Bruscky (2010);
Housemaids (2013);
A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva (2012);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2014);
Neon Bull (2015).