Director Luiz Bolognesi

Production year 2018

Length 81min.

Country Brazil



The uncontacted tribe from Amazônia ‘Paiter Surui’ has been encroached by modernity since its first contact with the white man in 1969. Smartphones, electricity, gas tanks, guns, and Facebook replace traditional forms of life. In the midst of this new world, an ex-shaman who was forced into evangelical Christianity struggles to cure the suffering people of his village, and faces the wrath of spirits of the forest, who are upset he has abandoned them.


Luiz Bolognesi
Luiz Bolognesi



Laís Bodanzky, Luiz Bolognesi, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane


Luiz Bolognesi

Director of Photography

Pedro J. Márquez


Armando Torres Jr., Caio Guerin, Manon Ribat, Rodrigo Macedo


Ricardo Farias


Perpera Suruí

Production company(ies)

Buriti Filmes Gullane

Luiz Bolognesi

Ex-Shaman is Luiz’s second feature as a director. The first was the animated film Rio 2096, a Story of Love and Fury, which was the winner of the Cristal Award of Best Picture at the Annecy Animated FF in 2013. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, responsible for the script of Brainstorm (Locarno and Toronto 2001); The Ballroom (2007), awarded Best Screenplay by the Brazilian Film Academy, the Recife FF, and APCA (São Paulo Art Critics Association); Birdwatchers, in Competition at Venice 2008; The Best Things in the World (2010, Rome IFF and awarded Best Screenplay at Recife FF), and Amazonia 3D, closing film at Venice 2014. In 2015, he wrote the screenplays for Elis, released in 2016. His most recent projects were the screenplays for Just Like Our Parents, which premiered Berlin Panorama 2017, Bingo, the King of the Mornings – the official selection of Brasil for the 90th Academy Awards.


Rio 2096, a Story of Love and Fury (2013), Ex-Shaman (2017).

FILMS 2018