Marte Um (Mars One)

115 mins.
Directed by Gabriel Martins

The Martins family are optimistic dreamers, quietly leading their lives in the margins of a major Brazilian city following the disappointing inauguration of a far-right extremist president. A lower-middle-class Black 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 colonize Mars. Meanwhile, their older daughter, Eunice, falls in love with a free-spirited young woman and ponders whether it’s time to leave home.

Writer-director Gabriel Martins weaves a tender and uplifting tapestry of a Brazilian family whose affection for each other is palpable in every frame, mining his delightful cast for authentic performances brimming with humor and charm. Delicately balancing its characters as they find themselves and their country at a crossroads, MARTE UM (MARS ONE) invites us to dream beyond the stars.

Marte Um (Mars One) / Brazil / Fiction

Director and screenwriter: Gabriel Martins

Producer: Thiago Macêdo Correia

Cast: Rejane Faria, Carlos Francisco, Camilla Souza, Cícero Lucas

Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. Photo by Leonardo Feliciano.