This film shows the impact on an ordinary family of Jair Bolsonaro’s election as president of Brazil while dreaming of living on Mars.
The Martins belong to Brazil’s lower class, but they don’t let their circumstances cloud their positive outlook. The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president, however, has made it increasingly hard to have big dreams. An unexpected encounter leaves Tércia, the mother, wondering whether she’s cursed. Her husband, Wellington, pins all his hopes on the soccer career of their son, Deivinho, who would rather study astrophysics and colonize Mars. Meanwhile, their daughter, Eunice, falls in love with a free-spirited young woman. Is it time to leave the country, or would it better to stay and try to resist what’s going on?
Meet the director
Gabriel Martins is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, editor, and cinematographer. He studied filmmaking at the Centro Universitário UNA in Belo Horizonte. In 2009 he founded the production company Filmes de Plástico with André Novais Oliveira and Maurílio Martins. He’s written the scripts for several films, such as José Eduardo Belmonte’s action drama ALEMÃO (2014), and is currently developing a series for Amazon. After making a few short films, he and Maurílio Martins co-directed the feature film IN THE HEART OF THE WORLD, which had its world premiere in competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2019. MARS ONE (2022) is Gabriel Martins’ second feature film and the first film he has directed on his own.