Germany, 2011, 103 Minute Running Time
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: German, Russian, Italian, French English Sub-Titles
The world’s first 3D art house film, Wim Wenders’ gorgeous tribute to German dancer/choreographic genius Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal, which she had led since 1973, almost didn’t get made when Bausch died unexpectedly in the summer of 2009 just before shooting started. But after a period of mourning and reflection, Wenders decided to continue with the film and concentrate on her legacy: her dancers and her dances. A protégée of the legendary Kurt Joos, Pina’s special feeing for theater and music inspired her groundbreaking choreography: a blend of dreamlike, poetic images and the language of movement, informed by basic human emotions, including fears and needs as well as wishes and desires. Rather than providing biographical background, Wenders’ film is designated “for Pina”. It alternates a selection of extracts from newly mounted stagings of her most famous productions – Café Mueller, The Rite of Spring, Vollmond and Kontakthof –with reminiscences from the members of her company who express their feelings about her with improvised dance and body language and solo performances in Wuppertal’s public spaces.
DIRECTOR: Wim Wenders
Producer: Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
Editor: Toni Froschhammer
Screenwriter: Wim Wenders
Cinematographer: Helene Louvart, Alain Derobe
Music: Thom Hanreich
Principal Cast: Dancers of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Filmography: Don’t Come Knocking (2005), Land of Plenty (2004), Buena Vista Social Club (1999), The End of Violence (1997), Until the End of the World (1991), Wings of Desire(1987), Paris, Texas (1984), The American Friend (1977).
US Distributor: Sundance Selects - www.sundanceselects.com
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