August Winds

This first narrative feature by Brazilian documentary maker Gabri Mascaro plays like a compendium of international art films from the past two decades. As in several dramas by Abbas Kiarostami, the story hinges on an urban professional’s uneasy visit to an isolated rural community; the static long takes of lower-class workers in repose evoke the work of Pedro Costa (Mascaro even re-creates one of the most iconic scenes from Colossal Youth); the immersive sound design, fashioned from field recordings of the Brazilian rain forest, recalls the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and the towering natural imagery (also delivered in static long takes) continues the “slow cinema” aesthetic being practiced by middling art-film directors pretty much everywhere. This certainly looks pretty; if you don’t go in expecting a personal vision (or even a distinctly Brazilian one), you might find it diverting. In Portuguese with subtitles.