Ecstasy

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    Ecstasy

    Directed by

    Brazil, USA

    2020

    80 min

    • Portuguese

    Docufiction

    The debut film by the Brazilian filmmaker Moara Passoni tells the story of her alter ego Clara from the age of 7 until she turns 18. But it is told from the inside and in episodes that create an overall picture of her state during the years in which she struggled with anorexia. A luminous and sensitive aesthetic frames her autobiographical fiction, but the weightless form makes sense in a film that hovers between self-destructive ecstasy and young anxiety. The light radiates through the images with a ghostly transparency, as Passoni navigates between intimacy and politics. Why does Clara want to be so light? Beauty ideals and social pressure play an important role in a film that is both deeply personal and addresses the politics of the human body, and where what we do not see is often just as decisive as what we see. ECSTASY is produced by the Oscar-nominee Petra Costa and bears witness to the fact the Brazilian cinema is thriving, against all odds. With her debut film as a director, Passoni has made a mark as one of the great names of today.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Moara Passoni
    Cinematography
    Janice D’Avila
    Editing
    Fernando Epstein
    Music
    Ismael Pinkler
    Sales
    SYNDICADO FILM SALES
    Production
    BUSCA VIDA FILMES

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    Moara Passoni

    Moara Passoni

    Brazil

    Moara is a candidate MFA of screenwriting-directing at Columbia University. She graduated in Social Sciences at University of São Paulo, studied Dance & Performance at PUC/SP and Philosophy & Aesthetics at Paris 8 University. She holds two master's degrees on Film & Documentary by UNICAMP and FGV Brazil. Worked as an Assistant Director and Researcher for Kiko Goiffman at PaleoTV where she directed her first short film released at the IDFF IT'S ALL TRUE. As a producer, she participated on films ELENA(2012), and OLMO AND THE SEAGULL (2015) - both directed by Petra Costa and executive produced by Tim Robbins. In her films, Moara aims to explore both coming of age and political stories always crossing storytelling with language exploration.