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BRAZIL , United States | 72 minutes | 2020

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Clara, a dancer, struggles with anorexia. Brazilian screenwriter and filmmaker Moara Passoni draws on her own experience to offer a new perspective on a painful topic in her elliptical first feature, poignant and masterful. A hybrid documentary that weaves in archival footage and shards of fiction, Êxtase is an icy plunge into Clara’s relationship with food and her body, a visceral cinematic experience that maximizes the power of the voice-over to convey a young woman’s inner world in a way that will surely speak to others.

In collaboration with the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)

An excellent example of how the extremely personal can hold universal insight.” Eye For Film

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Moara Passoni

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“Tilden’s Dream” (2009), a quixotic, lyrical parable about dream, cinema and politics in America Latina. Language Innovation and the Stimulus Prize for New Talents.
“Francesca” (2016), tells the story of a young girl having to deal with the first time she feels sexual attraction for someone.
“Second Skin” (in post-production), in the hostile world of a psychiatric institution, Isadora (12) and Maimuna (14) connect, finding in each other a sense of belonging that leads them to accept themselves.
“My Mother is a Cow” (in post-production) tells the story of a teenage misfit called Yara who, having had her first period, gradually discovers the power of her magical thoughts. Sent by her parents to the Brazilian wetlands, she plays with death and pushes her physical and psychological limits into its extreme, until the moment she’s shoved into awareness.

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  • Screenplay Moara Passoni
  • Producer Petra Costa

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