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Helena Ignez

Helena Ignez (born May 23, 1942) is a Brazilian actress and filmmaker. Helena was born in Salvador, Bahia and was attending her second year of law school when she fell in love with theater and decided to study the Dramatic Arts at the Federal University of Bahia. At the time, the Bahian theater scene was breaking with traditional Brazilian theater and experiencing strong influence from the young vanguard. She first appeared on the screen in Glauber Rocha's short film "Pátio". Helena acted in a few films associated with the Cinema Novo movement, such as "A Grande Feira" (1961), "Assalto ao Trem Pagador" (1962), and "O Padre e a Moça" (1966) before playing Janete Jane in O Bandido da Luz Vermelha by Rogério Sganzerla. After this film, she would perform in some most significant films in the Cinema Marginal movement, which directly opposed the critically acclaimed Cinema Novo -- the most remarkable being her role as Ângela Carne e "Osso in A Mulher de Todos" (1969). She also was a financial partner of Rogério Sganzerla and fellow Cinema Marginal filmmaker Júlio Bressane in the short-lived, although prolific, Belair production company. Between 1968 and 1970, Sganzerla and Ignez made almost a dozen films together and were also married and had two children -- one of which would become actress Djin Sganzerla. As a filmmaker, Ignez has directed 7 films, the most notable being "Luz das Trevas" (2010), a sequel to Sganzerla's debut feature "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha" (1968).

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May 23, 1942 In Salvador - Bahia - Brazil
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Pátio 1959-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Subterrânea 2021-01-23
Known For
Poster of Candango: Memoirs from a Festival
Poster of Race Antenna
Poster of Ugly, Me?
Poster of Meu Mundo em Perigo
Movie Subterrânea Senhora Ônibus 2021-01-23
Movie Fogo Baixo, Alto Astral 2020-04-27
Movie Ensaio Sobre o Fracasso 2020-01-31
Movie Esse fim de semana vou me dedicar as paredes Unknown 2020-04-29
Movie Natureza Morta 2020-01-31
Movie A Senhora que Morreu no Trailer Unknown 2020-05-11
Movie Mulher Oceano Mulher Caminhando de Costas (uncredited) 2020-10-22
Movie Candango: Memoirs from a Festival Self 2020-10-22
Movie Race Antenna 2020-10-15
Movie A Mulher da Luz Própria Herself 2019-06-06
Movie Bring me the Head of Carmen M. Diretora 2019-01-24
Movie In Memoriam: O Roteiro do Gravador Unknown 2019-07-12
Movie Extracts Unknown 2019-10-08
Movie Flesh (voice) 2019-08-07
Movie The Welles Raft Herself 2019-10-17
Movie O Desmonte do Monte 2018-03-30
Movie Antes do Fim 2018-02-15
Movie The Calendar Girl 2018-09-27
Movie Brazilian Cinema in the 20th Century Unknown 2017-03-31
Movie Venus – Filly the Lesbian Little Fairy Narração 2017-02-13
Movie All Paulos in the World - Paulo José 2017-10-14
Movie Febre Unknown 2017-08-05
Movie O Cinema Foi à Feira Ela mesma 2016-11-12
Movie Ralé: The Lower Depths Sonia Silk 2015-10-02
Movie Ossos Voz Off 2014-01-01
Movie Copacabana, Mon Amour: A Restauração Helena Ignez 2014-01-01
Movie Estátua! Mãe (voz) 2014-08-21
Movie Paixão e Virtude 2014-01-26
Movie The End of an Age 2014-09-30
Movie Terno Mãe 2013-08-23
Movie Sinais de Cinza, A Peleja de Olney Contra o Dragão da Maldade Unknown 2013-01-22
Movie Ugly, Me? Jarda 2013-10-27
Movie Poder dos Afetos Ritual Xamânico 2013-10-06
Movie Desculpa, Dona Madama Patroa 2013-12-20
Movie Mr. Sganzerla: Os Signos da Luz 2012-05-24
Movie Light in Darkness: The Return of Red Light Bandit 2012-05-13
Movie A Balada do Provisório Provisório's Mother 2012-11-28
Movie Avacalha e se Esculhamba 2010-04-20
Movie A Vermelha Luz do Bandido 2009-08-11
Movie Hotel Atlântico 2009-09-25
Movie A Bela P... Unknown 2008-06-03
Movie Embodiment of Evil Cabíria 2008-08-08
Movie Meu Mundo em Perigo Mãe de Isis 2007-01-01
Movie Helena Zero 2006-01-02
Movie A Miss e o Dinossauro Herself (archive footage) / (Voz em Off) 2005-05-10
Movie Retrato da Terra Ela mesma 2004-03-14
Movie Glauber Rocha - The Movie, Brazil's Labyrinth Unknown 2003-09-17
Movie Reinvenção da Rua Herself 2003-01-01
Movie O Signo do Caos Guida 2003-09-25
Movie B2 2001-01-01
Movie São Jerônimo Marcela 1999-09-10
Movie Flying Geraldo Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie Oswaldianas Unknown 1992-02-21
Movie Perigo Negro Unknown 1992-02-21
Movie Scent of Gardenias Unknown 1992-08-07
Movie Anônimo e incomum 1990-03-16
Movie It's Not All True 1986-08-22
Movie Mulheres de Cinema Unknown 1978-06-06
Movie A Man and His Cage Aeromoça 1974-09-23
Movie The Monsters of Babaloo 1970-01-01
Movie Cuidado Madame Unknown 1970-01-01
Movie Barão Olavo, O Horrível Unknown 1970-01-01
Movie A Família do Barulho 1970-05-05
Movie No Way, Spider 1970-04-09
Movie Copacabana Mon Amour Sônia Silk 1970-02-13
Movie The Woman of Everyone Ângela Carne e Osso 1969-10-24
Movie Os Marginais 1968-01-27
Movie The Red Light Bandit Janete Jane 1968-12-02
Movie Cara a Cara Luciana 1967-01-01
Movie The Priest and the Girl Mariana 1966-03-28
Movie Grito da Terra Unknown 1964-05-26
Movie Assault on the Pay Train Marta 1962-09-02
Movie A Grande Feira Ely 1961-03-10
Movie Pátio 1959-01-01