VIFF 2014: August Winds gets meditative

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      August Winds (Brazil)  

      Gabriel Mascaro’s mysteriously naturalistic tale of Northeastern Brazil follows a savvy young agrarian worker (Dandara De Morais, scheduled to attend VIFF) already wondering about her unreliable boyfriend when he finds a decomposed body near a beach-front cemetery being swallowed by the rising sea. As commentary on a changing environment and the too-constant signposts of slavery and its aftermath, the movie works best as a sensual and unpushy meditation on how life (like its antidote) really works.

      International Village, September 28 (6:30 p.m.), and October 3 (4 p.m.); Rio, September 30 (2 p.m.)