AN EXTRAORDINARY VISUAL JOURNEY ON THE TOPICS OF BODY IMAGE, RECOVERY, AND A LIFE WITH AN EATING DISORDER.
Brazil/USA 2020. Director & Screenplay: Moara Passoni. Fiction. 80 Min. Portuguese Original with English subtitles. Released for audiences from 12 years of age. Recommended for audiences from 15 years of age.
Brazilian filmmaker Moara Passoni tells the story of her alter-ego, Clara, in her astonishing debut. This hybrid of fiction and documentary tells the story of eating disorders in an essayistic and associative way. Meanwhile, she includes several narrating techniques like re-enacted scenes, historical content, and family photos that are underlined with autobiographic elements, literary references, and mood appealing music that reflect beauty standards and social pressure. The film shows anorexia from a sober perspective that is not supposed to be spectacular, it moves between delirium and reality, suffering and ecstasy, power and struggle, individual and community. (HA)
Topics: Anorexie, Körperbilder, Coming-of-Age, Politik, Experimentalfilm
Moara Passoni (*Brazil) lives in New York where she is currently participating in the MFA program at Columbia University. As a child of politically active parents, she discovered the medium of film as a voice in the social discourse. From her Oscar® nomination as co-scriptwriter of the documentary THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY to her short film TILDEN’S DREAM and her first non-fiction feature film ECSTASY, the themes of politics, the body, and consciousness run like red threads through her work. Passoni studied dance, performance, and aesthetics as well as documentary film theory, political science, French, sociology, and anthropology in the USA, Paris, and Colombia.
2020 ECSTASY | 2009 TILDEN’S DREAM | 2007 FRANSCESCA