Marcelo Gomes Films - Films - Waiting for the Carnival
Waiting for the Carnival
2019, Director
The city of Toritama is a microcosm of relentless capitalism: each year, more than 20 million jeans are produced in backyard factories. Residents work nonstop, proud to be the owners of their own time. During Carnival - the only leisure time of the year - they transgress the logic of asset accumulation, sell their belongings without regrets, and flee to the beaches in search of ephemeral happiness. When Ash Wednesday comes, a new work cycle begins.
Prizes and festivals
Seleção Oficial Berlinale (Panorama Dokumenta)

Festival É Tudo Verdade - Prêmio da Crítica e Menção Honrosa do Júri Oficial. Menção Honrosa do Júri Oficial da ABD-SP.


É tudo verdade - São Paulo - Brazil
Festival Internacional de Uruguay
DocAviv - Tel Aviv
Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba
Sheffield Doc Fest
Bertha DocHouse - Londres
Curta Santos - Festival de Cinema de Santos
DocsMx - México
Festival Internacional de Valladolid - Espanha
IDFA - Amsterdam
Cork Film Festival - Irlanda
Release date:
June 9th (UK)
Also known as:
Waiting for the Carnival
Production Co.:
Carnaval Filmes, Misti Filmes, Rec Produtores
Technical specs
80 min.
Sound mix:
Aspect ratio:
2017, Director
Brazil, 18th century. The colony of Portugal endures a decline in gold production. A Portuguese minority rules over a corrupt and autocratic society. Joaquim is an efficient soldier, famous for capturing gold smugglers. While waiting for his promotion to Lieutenant, he leaves for a risky mission in search of new gold mines - the only way to buy the freedom of Blackie, a slave he is in love with. Inspired by the true story of Tiradentes, the first leader of the Brazilian revolutionary movement.
2013, Director (w/ Cao Guimaraes)
Juvenal is a metro driver from Belo Horizonte. Margo, a station controller. Both live in a state of complete solitude --each in a particular way. Juvenal refuses to be alone and strolls through the streets of this metropolis taking comfort by mingling with the anonimous crowd. Margo seeks relief in the virtual world of social networks where she struggles to establish long lasting relations with real persons.
2012, Director
The film portrays Veronica, fresh out of Medical School, born and raised in Recife. Veronica is undergoing a crucial time in her life, a period full of doubts: about her professional choice, her most intimate bondings and her ability to cope with the adult life that lies ahead. Once Upon a Time was I, Veronica is a fairy-tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, no dreams. It is a story that reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs.
2009, Director (w/ Karim Ainouz)
José Renato, a 35-year-old geologist, is sent out on a solitary expedition to the hinterlands of northeastern Brazil. The purpose of the trip is to assess possible routes for a canal that will connect the area with the only major river in the region. As the field trip progresses, it becomes clear that Renato shares with those places the same emptiness, sense of abandonment and isolation.
2005, Director
1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought.