Magazine article Screen International

Memento Adds Gabriel Mascaro's 'Overgod', Racy 'Curiosa' to EFM Slate (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Memento Adds Gabriel Mascaro's 'Overgod', Racy 'Curiosa' to EFM Slate (Exclusive)

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The films join slate also featuring Malgorzata Szumowska’s Mug and Nicolas Pesce S&M comedy Piercing.

‘Curiosa’

Memento Films International (MFI) has boarded world sales on Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro’s “erotic gospel film” Overgod and French director Lou Jeunet’s Curiosa, set against the backdrop of the erotic photography scene in Belle Epoque Paris, ahead of the EFM.

The new acquisitions join an already impressive slate also featuring Malgorzata Szumowska’s Golden Bear contender Mug and Nicolas Pesce S&M comedy Piercing, which just made a buzzy debut at Sundance.

Described by Mascaro’s own production company Desvia as “an erotic gospel film”, Overgod revolves around Joana, a 40-year-old notary and devoted Evangelical Christian.

Outside her day job, Joana uses her biblical knowledge to bring estranged couples closer through their sexuality, inviting them to participate in the group sessions of ‘Divine Love’, a dissident wing of the local church focused on rescuing sexual enjoyment as a means of saving families from divorce.

It is Mascaro’s third fiction feature after August Winds and Neon Bull, which premiered at Venice in 2015. MFI will show a first teaser for the film at the EFM.

Overgod is a sulphurous and provocative film from the Brazilian, visual genius Gabriel Mascaro,” said MFI head of sales Tanja Meissner.

After the success of his last movie Neon Bull which won the Orizzonte Prize in Venice and went on to do significant sales business in the Platform section in Toronto, we couldn’t be happier to follow him on his next adventure which will broaden his career. …

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