CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Mars One 
Marte Um

Director: Gabriel Martins
Brazil | 2022 | Portuguese with English subtitles | 115 min

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The Martins family are optimistic dreamers, quietly leading their lives in the margins of a major Brazilian city following the disappointing inauguration of Bolsonaro, a far-right president. A working-class family, they feel the strain of their new reality as the political dust settles. Tércia, the mother, reinterprets her world after an unexpected encounter leaves her wondering if she’s cursed. Her husband, Wellington, puts all of his hopes into the soccer career of their son, Deivinho, who reluctantly follows his father’s ambitions despite secretly aspiring to study astrophysics and travel to Mars. Meanwhile, their older daughter, Eunice, falls in love with a free-spirited young woman and ponders whether it’s time to leave home.

Winner of the 2022 Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Feature at OUTFEST Los Angeles.

“A beautifully hopeful film about the dreams, both modest and impossibly big, that nourish us and propel us forward.” – The Queer Review

A família Martins são sonhadores otimistas que vivem tranquilamente à margem de uma grande cidade brasileira após a decepcionante posse de um presidente de extrema-direita. Uma família negra de classe média baixa, eles sentem a tensão de sua nova realidade enquanto a poeira política baixa. Tércia, a mãe, reinterpreta seu mundo após um encontro inesperado que a deixa na dúvida se não é amaldiçoada. Seu marido, Wellington, deposita todas as suas esperanças na carreira de seu filho, Deivinho, que relutantemente segue as ambições de seu pai, embora secretamente aspire estudar astrofísica e colonizar Marte. Enquanto isso, sua filha mais velha, Eunice, se apaixona por uma jovem de espírito livre e se pergunta se é hora de sair de casa.

Gabriel Martins
Known in the cinema as Gabito, was born in the city of Contagem, in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He studied Cinema, Video and Photography at Centro Universitário UNA. He debuted as editor and cinematographer of the short film Fantasmas (2010), directed by André Novais Oliveira.

His career as a director began with the short film Meu Amigo Mineiro (2012). He achieved fame in the national cinematographic scene by leading one of the segments of the episodic feature O Nó do Diabo (2018) and being one of the directors of No Coração do Mundo (2019). He is one of the partners of the production company Filmes de Plastic.