A short documentary film featuring waterman Kalani Lattanzi challenging the boundaries of Big Wave Surfing. Filmed in Nazaré and Rio de Janeiro, he faces the biggest waves in the world, in the most pure form of wave riding: bodysurf.
“Dias’s characterization offers some insight on an unexpected aspect of his film. Lattanzi, despite being the movie’s unequivocal protagonist, is never interviewed and never once speaks on camera. His silence, though surprising at first, actually bolsters his legend, casting him, as Dias put it, as “an ocean god or Greek mythology character.” Or maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe the reason that Lattanzi doesn’t speak in the film is because silence is part of his DNA. Fish, of course, cannot speak.”
“Short documentary film 'Kalani - Gift From Heaven' from Portuguese director Nuno Dias has inspired the filmmaking community with its stunning cinematography, highlighting one of the world’s most prolific extreme watermen.”
“Domina as ondas gigantes da Nazaré, mas sem prancha, nem apoio de mota de água. Kalani Lattanzi faz bodysurf nas condições mais extremas. As imagens impressionantes foram reunidas num documentário que está entre os mais descarregados nas plataformas da internet.”
“But of all the heroics seen at the Portuguese beast over the last few years, nothing is quite on the level of Kalani Lattanzi – the one-and-only bodysurfer of XXL Nazaré. And a new film, entitled Kalani: Gift From Heaven (…) documents Kalani’s boardless antics with reactions from Nazaré heavies like Tom Lowe, Nic Von Rupp, Ross Clarke-Jones, Hugo Vau, David Langer, Garrett McNamara and more.”
“Bodysurfing Nazare sounds crazy, right? A toppling liquid mountain that's boiling over behind you is enough to keep most people's feet firmly planted on shore. But then most people aren't like Kalani Lattanzi – who, at any given moment, is happy to launch himself face first, arm outstretched, down the face of only the meanest looking 60ft grunt that Nazare spits his way”
Magic Sea Weed
“Entre filmagens aéreas, com recurso a drone, junto ao Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo ou dentro de água, o documentário mistura a mais pura adrenalina com uma inquietante tranquilidade em câmara lenta que mostra um bailado, uma coreografia de um corpo que ora surfa uma “parede” de água de mais de 50 pés (mais de 15 metros), ora submerge perante um tsunami de espuma.”
For the past 3 years, filmmaker Nuno Dias has been busy capturing the life of one of the most enigmatic phenomenons of the Big wave Scene, Kalani Lattanzi. Filmed in Nazaré and Rio de Janeiro, this documentary portrays Brazilian waterman Kalani Lattanzi's route, all the way from his origins and first contact with the ocean in Brasil, to Nazaré in Portugal, where ultimately, with his body alone, no fins or boards or jets, he faces the biggest waves in the world, in the most pure form of wave riding: bodysurf. The film counts with the participation and testimonies of some of the biggest names in the big wave scene, including names like Garrett McNamara, Andrew Cotton, Ross Clarke-Jones, Maya Gabeira, Lucas Chumbo. Featuring unreleased big wave imagery of Nazaré, including historic footage of the biggest waves ever attempted by a bodysurfer. The result is enriched by a variety of different angles in what is a particularly difficult sport to capture on camera.
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