As Cinzas de Deus is a visual poem in a universe of realities. Set in the ruins of an abandoned, once grandiose 19th century city in Brazil, the film follows a woman returning to a world of memory and feeling, where characters - perhaps ‘trapped souls’ – are living and re-living moments from an unspecified past. In search for answers and completion she 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.
As Cinzas de Deus is the first feature-length contemporary dance feature film shot in Brazil. The film’s haunting soundtrack, mixed by French composer and DJ Kid Loco, features music by René Aubry, André Minvielle and Marc Perronne, rare South-American boleros and music by Silver Mt Zion, Kid Loco, and contemporary classical music from Estonia by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Lepo Sumera. Co-produced by Swiss TV DRS, As Cinzas de Deus was re-recorded (Dolby Digital) at Pinewood Studios London.
Production Company: Maverick Motion Ltd in association with Zikzira Physical Theatre
Co-producer: Swiss TV DRS
Performers: Heloisa Domingues, Tuca Pinheiro, Ricardo de Paula Marise Dinis, Jacqueline Gimenes
Choreography: Fernanda Lippi
Director: Andre Semenza
Director of Photography: Marcus Waterloo
Feature run time: 73 min. approx.
Bonus features: “The merging of dance and cinema: the process” / Documentary by Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi. 50 min. approx.
Subtitles: English and Portuguese
Colour: Pal Colour
Aspect ratio: 16:9