The latest feature directed by one of Brazil’s greatest film artists takes as point of departure a 2015 book about fakirism, a hunger art whose most celebrated performers would starve themselves for over 100 days. Ignez’s work intermingles archival material from the 1920s to 1950s with present-day documentary and theatrical scenes to explore a now-seldom-considered practice that once drew enormous public attention in countries such as France and in Brazil. The film particularly highlights some of the most iconic female fakirs, whose identities as artists and as women made them be persecuted twice over. (A. C)



Helena Ignez

With a career spanning over 60 years of artistic production across different fields, Helena Ignez has been honored in Asia and Europe, as in the 20th Friborg Film Festival, Switzerland, in the La Femme du Bandit Exhibition, in the 17th Kerala Festival, India, and by the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prix Award. She directed the feature films Canção de Baal, Luz nas Trevas - A Volta do Bandido da Luz Vermelha, Feio, Eu?, Ralé screened at the 34th Filmfest Munchen, and A Moça do Calendário, with an original screenplay by Rogério Sganzerla.



Sinai Sganzerla


Helena Ignez


Maura Ferreira, Indiany, Índia Rubla, Lion on a diet shibari


Toni Nogueira


Sergio Gag


Raul Costa Duarte, Sergio Gag, Magí Batalla

Art Director

Helena Ignez


9º CineFantasy
14º Festival de Cinema Latino-Americano de São Paulo
XV Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema
52º Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro – Festival do Filme Documentário e Etnográfico
23ª Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes
18th International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival
MADRIFF Madrid Indie Film Festival
9ª edición do Festival Primavera do Cine, en Vigo