Mars One

Marte um

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

The Martins are optimistic dreamers, quietly leading their lives on the margins of a major Brazilian city following the disappointing election 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.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Gabriel Martins
Script: Gabriel Martins
Cinematography: Leonardo Feliciano
Editing: Gabriel Martins, Thiago Ricarte
Sound: Tiago Bello, Marcos Lopes
Music: Daniel Simitan
Actors: Rejane Faria, Carlos Francisco, Camilla Damião, Cícero Lucas
Production: Filmes de Plástico
Producers: Thiago Macêdo Correia, André Novais Oliveira, Gabriel Martins, Maurilio Martins
Co-production: Canal Brasil
Costumes: Marina Sandim
Production Design: Rimenna Procópio
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Brazil
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 115΄
Contact: Magnolia International
Awards/Distinctions: Grand Jury Prize – Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Gabriel Martins

Gabriel Martins (1987) is a Brazilian filmmaker, screenwriter, film editor, and cinematographer. His first feature film, In the Heart of the World, co-directed with Maurilio Martins, premiered in 2019, at Rotterdam’s Tiger Competition, later being screened in several film festivals and released theatrically in some countries, like France, to widespread critical acclaim. Between his short films are the 2017 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry Nada and Clermont-Ferrand’s selected Dona Sônia pediu uma arma para seu vizinho Alcides. He was part of Rotterdam’s Special Program “Soul in the Eye”, where he also gave a masterclass. Gabriel wrote Brazilian successful films, like the box-office hit Alemão, and is currently developing a series for Amazon.


2011 Dona Sônia pediu uma arma para seu vizinho Alcidess (short)
2017 Nada (short)
2019 In the Heart of the World
2022 Mars One