You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Berlinale: Gullane, Upside Link on Luiz Bolognesi’s ‘Ex-Shaman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The film portrays one of the Amazon’s last surviving shamans

Gullane, one of Brazil’s biggest production companies, has tapped Paris-based Upside Distribution to handle international sales on “Ex-Shaman,” which world premieres in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

Produced by Lais Bodansky, “Ex-Shaman” is the second feature from Luiz Bolognesi, who also wrote the script. The helmer’s  debut, “Rio 2096, a Story of Love and Fury,” won the Annecy Festival’s best picture Crystal in 2013.

“Ex-Shaman” follows Perpera, the elderly former shaman of the Amazon’s Pater Surui community, and one of the few people alive who grew up without contact with white invaders. His people are now plundered by logging companies and corralled by evangelists, but still turn to him in crisis, when he once more invokes the forest spirits.

“This shaman’s fight to keep his traditions alive is captured with poetry and unique cinematography,” said Upside’s Antoine Bertrand-Hardy.

Though a documentary feature, “Ex-Shaman” is shot in CinemaScope and carefully composed, often of symbolic images, such as of mist over a striking local river whose spirits once brought Perpera fish.

“Most documentaries on indigenous subjects are done in a spirit of urgency, without rigor. I wanted to capture the spiritual greatness and richness of their culture,” Bolognesi said.

“The film tackles a vital current issue,” said Gullane’s Fabiano Gullane. “Indigenous rights, ethnocide and deforestation affect people as far apart as indigenous groups in North Dakota in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to aboriginal Australians in their struggle against historical injustices.”

More Film

  • Franco Zeffirelli Remembered

    Franco Zeffirelli: An Artist and a Paradox

    When popular artists pass on, it can often be a surprise to learn just how old they were. But the news of Franco Zeffirelli’s death, at 96, inspired a major double take. The extravagant Italian maestro of theater, opera and film lived to a vibrant old age. Yet for many of us, the name Zeffirelli [...]

  • Evan Tanner, Professional mixed martial arts

    UFC Fighter Evan Tanner Biopic ‘The Power of 1’ in the Works (EXCLUSIVE)

    Producers Christopher Scheimann and Olcun Tan have partnered with top sports director Bobby Razak on “The Power of 1,” a feature biopic of UFC fighter Evan Tanner. Co-written by Scheimann and Razak, the movie is slated to go into pre-production toward the end of this year, with principal photography planned for early next year. Tanner, [...]

  • The Grove Introduces Drive-In Rooftop Movie

    The Grove Introduces Drive-In Rooftop Movie Theater Level 8

    The Grove is ringing in summer with a new rooftop movie theater. The popular Los Angeles shopping mall, located between Fairfax and La Brea, announced today the launch of their new cinema experience titled Level 8 Drive-in, which will kick off with a screening of “Grease” on June 26 and will run through September. Inspired [...]

  • China, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Soviet-style Facade

    Shanghai: China Market 'Has Always Been a Turbulent One,' Says Infotainment Chief (EXCLUSIVE)

    Movie sales and distribution company Infotainment China comes to the Shanghai International Film Festival optimistic about Chinese audience trends, but gloomy about current business conditions. “The market is bad and industry players are very pessimistic. I just hope it doesn’t get worse,” said Infotainment CEO Cindy Lin, though she noted that such periods of trouble [...]

  • Billy Eichner Power of Pride Variety

    Billy Eichner on the Homophobia He Still Sees in Comedy and Hollywood

    On “Billy on the Street,” Billy Eichner has made a name for himself running up and down Manhattan’s sidewalks, ambushing clueless New Yorkers and interrogating them about pop culture. A brash physical comedian, Eichner has no qualms about asking perfect strangers embarrassing questions, hectoring pedestrians about their willingness to have a threesome with Jon Hamm [...]

  • State of Pride Full

    How Hollywood Is (and Isn't) Getting Better at LGBTQ Inclusion

    Brandon Flynn, one of the breakout actors from Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” has spent the last two years fielding questions about his personal life. In 2017, he wrote a passionate post on Instagram, advocating for an Australian vote that allowed for same-sex marriage. Soon enough, news sites such as HuffPost and E! News were reporting [...]

  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz al

    Saudi Crown Prince Should Be Investigated Over Khashoggi Killing, U.N. Report Says

    Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, should be investigated in connection with the killing of Jamal Khashoggi because of “credible evidence” that the prince is among those liable for the dissident journalist’s death, a United Nations report said Wednesday. While no “smoking gun” has yet been found that directly incriminates the prince [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content