Ashes of God

Experimental Fiction

cinzasposterAs Cinzas de Deus is a visual poem in a universe of realities. Set in the ruins of an abandoned, once grandiose city in Brazil, the film follows a woman, Helo, returning to a world of memory and feeling, where ‘trapped souls’ are living and re-living moments from an unspecified past. In search for answers and completion Helo penetrates their dream-like reality, absorbs them, challenges them, releases them. Their memory bank gradually erased, they disappear into the ether. In a climactic finale she confronts her own personal nemesis. She survives the life-and-death confrontation, and, left behind, she dances alone, immersed in dust and eternity.

UK/Brazil 2003, 73 min



“Stupendous. A sizzling and beautiful feature film. The performance embodies the teachings of spiritual theatre giant Grotowski. Striking.”
Time Out *****

“Intense, flashbacking and highly stylised dance drama”
BBC

“One of the most important landmarks”
The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies

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