DIRECTOR: GABRIEL MARTINS STARRING: CICERO LUCAS, CARLOS FRANCISCO, CAMILLA DAMIAO RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 55 MINUTES
A lower, middle-class family of four tries to keep their spirits up and their dreams going in the months that follow the election of a right-wing president, a man who represents everything they are not.
The newest submission for Brazil for International Feature is called Mars One. The film is set in Belo Horizonte, in a lower income neighbourhood, as Bolsonaro has just become president of the country. Mars One is entirely focused on a loving family: a married couple Tercia and Wellington, and their two children Eunice and Deivinho.
All four family members dream of a better life. Tercia wants nothing more than for her family to be ok and healthy. For Eunice, she’s ready to tell her family that she’s a lesbian and that she wants to live with her girlfriend to begin her new life. For Wellington, his goal is for his son to become a professional soccer player. But for Deivinho, he dreams of becoming an astrophysicist and to go on the Mars One mission. Mars One is a project to establish a permanent human settlement in mars by 2030.
This film follows their journey towards an unforeseen future.
Gabriel Martins has created a strikingly beautiful film following one family as each person is working to survive and to become the best versions of themselves. The key to the film's success is the way the director has created such a strong bond between each of the family members, while showcasing them all as being human. We experience their day to day lives. There are moments of joy and celebrations. There are moments of marital arguments over money. There are moments of intense disagreements between the parents and their children.
With the current situation in Brazil, we know that things will get harder on the family, and for so many Brazilians. But the film leaves room to be optimistic that they’ll all be ok in the end. They have each other no matter what. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.
Everyone has something that motivates them. And this film is a reminder to follow one’s dream. If something is that important to you, even if all the odds are against you, you should still pursue it. Our dreams can only come true if we have the courage to do it. Take things step by step. Day by day. And as the saying goes, “don’t dream your life, live your dream.” We are all after all still alive and anything is achievable while we’re still breathing.