Ecstasy (2020)

  • 1h 20m
  • Moara Passoni
  • engelske undertekster

Episoder fra filmskaberens liv med en spiseforstyrrelse, fortalt gennem hendes alter ego.

Brasilianske Moara Passonis debutfilm fortæller historien om hendes alter ego, Clara, fra hun er 7 år til hun bliver 18. Men den er fortalt indefra og i episoder, der danner et samlet billede af hendes tilstand i de år, hvor hun kæmpede med anoreksi. En luminøs og sensitiv æstetik rammer hendes selvbiografiske fiktion ind, men den vægtløse form giver mening i en film, der svæver mellem selvdestruktiv ekstase og ung angst. Lyset strømmer igennem billederne med en spøgelsesagtig gennemsigtighed, mens Passoni navigerer mellem intimitet og politik. Hvorfor vil Clara være så let? Skønhedsidealer og socialt pres spiller en vigtig rolle i en kropspolitisk og dybt personlig film, hvor det vi ikke ser ofte er lige så afgørende, som det vi ser. ‘Ecstasy’ er produceret af Oscar-nominerede Petra Costa (‘The Edge of Democracy’) og vidner om at brasiliansk film netop nu står stærkt, også selvom det er på trods. Med sin debutfilm som instruktør har Passoni markeret sig som et af øjeblikkets store nye navne.

Episodes from the filmmaker’s life with an eating disorder, told through the life of her alter ego.

The debut film by 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 angst. 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 norms 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 actually see. ‘Ecstasy’ is produced by the Oscar-nominee Petra Costa (‘The Edge of Democracy’, which Passoni co-wrote) 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.

Director

Moara Passoni

Producer

Petra Costa

Producer

Sara Dosa

Producer

Tiago Pavan

Producer

Margo Mars

Subtitle(s)

English