A film by Tiago Melo
In sugarcane country of North East Brazil, where Evangelicalism is on the rise, people begin to disappear and other strange things start to happen as Maracatu carnival season begins. Catita and Sister Darlene lives in an isolated house. Catita plays parts on the local Maracatu, but hides it from his wife, Darlene. She is an avid follower of Pastor Barachinha, a former Maracatu master who turned himself to the evangelical religion and now is on a mission to cast the devil out of the Maracatu and evangelize the whole city.
Tiago Melo was born in Recife in 1984. The beginning of his artistic career was with theater, in 1999. In 2007, he took the course “The Dramatic Construction” at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where he set off to work with film production. Tiago is currently one of the most active professionals in the field, having worked in several short films and more than 20 feature films. Some noteworthy work as producer include: the short film Sem Coração (Heartless), which won the illy Prize for Best Short Film at the Directors' Fortnight in 2014; Boi Neon (Neon Bull), that racked up festival awards in Venice, Toronto, Hamburg, Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro; and the prizewinning Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, which premiered in Cannes’ Official Selection and was awarded in up to 20 festivals. As a director, Melo accounts for the short film Urânio Picuí and the feature film Azougue Nazaré.
Valmir do Côco, Joana Gatis, Mestre Barachinha, Mohana Uchôa, Edilson Silva
Screenplay: Tiago Melo, Jeronimo Lemos
Cinematographer: Gustavo Pessoa
Editing: André Sampaio
Sound: Guga S. Rocha, Marina Silva
Production Designer: Ananias de Caldas
Executive Producer: Vanessa Barbosa
Producer: Leonardo Sette
Production Company: Lucinda Filmes, Urânio Filmes
Original Title: Azougue Nazaré