Composition of the Day:VENTOS DE AGOSTO/AUGUST WINDS (Gabriel Mascaro, 2014)

Before Boi Neon/Neon Bull (2015), Brazilian narrative filmmaker, documentarian and visual artist Gabriel Mascaro directed Ventos de Agosto/August Winds (2014), described by Variety as an “atmospheric, meditative drama” and currently available on US Netflix. The film relies on a strategy of conspicuous fragmentation, both of the human body and of scenes. It joins other Latin American films in making use of what I’ve called a fragmentist style (here and here). Enjoy the following compositions of the day!

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In this shot, one of the film’s protagonists, Shirley, played by actress Dandara de Morais, is shown dining alone in her modest abode (fig. 1).

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Fig. 1.

Shirley’s lover, Jeison (non-professional actor Geova Manoel dos Santos), a worker on a coconut plantation, is shot from a similar angle, only now with a camera farther back (Mascaro often favors telephoto compositions, picking out bodies from a distance) and with an emphasis placed on the trunk of his body (fig. 2).

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Fig. 2.

Later Shirley is shown seated on the tire of her tractor (fig. 3).

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Fig. 3.

One final example–as Shirley lovingly combs the hair of her grandmother (Maria Salvino dos Santos) (fig. 4).

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Fig. 4.
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