Ashes of God
First contemporary dance feature film to be shot in Brazil that merges the languages of cinema & dance. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Andre Semenza & choreographed by Fernanda Lippi, was shot by award-winning DOP Marcus Waterloo. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses features a cast of consummate Brazilian dancers and a haunting soundtrack mixed by arguably France’s premier producer Kid Loco, featuring rare Boleros and music by René Aubry, Silver Mt Zion, Erkki-Sven Tüür & Lepo Sumero. The film was dubbed at Pinewood Studios, supervised by BAFTA & Academy Award® winner Glenn Freemantle.
- “The Merging of Dance & Cinema: The Process” (Documentary 50′): Ten years after the release of Ashes of God, the directors reflect on the creative process behin the film, how scenes emerged in rehearsals (through structured improvisation, choreographic stimuli and character research), and how these scenes evolved on location; a 19th century ghost town. Adverse conditions and long working hours elevated cast and crew into a state of extreme focus and creative risk-taking.
- Kid Loco Exclusive Remix Audio CD: ‘Amor de mi vida’
- 36-page Booklet with production stills & directors’ reflections
- Deleted Scene
***** Time Out “Stupendous”
“Devastatingly beautiful.” The Barbican
“Intense, flashbacking and highly stylised dance drama.” BBC
Time Out (London) Critic’s Choice: “Striking. A sizzling, beautiful and visually sumptuous feature film. The performance embodies the teachings of spiritual theatre giant Grotowski.”
**** “Each and every frame, an exercise in beauty – an intriguing, powerful & beautiful film.” Folha de São Paulo