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Move! Dance your life

DCP-HD - 2016 - France - 76 Min - Color

Move! Dance your life

Move! Dance your life (original title)


A film by Fanny Jean-Noël

MOVE ! Dance your life is a "poetrip". It’s a unique, poetic and aesthetic film about dance around the world !
Its primary language is Dance, a universal medium.
The film takes place in 18 different destinations around the world. With over 20 dancers, amateurs or professionals, from childhood to old age, from womb to tomb, MOVE ! shows humanity’s vital need for dance.

 

« We should consider each day lost in which we have not danced at least once »

Friedrich Nietzcshe




Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min - Color / Black & White

Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

Ouliana Lopatkina: La Divine (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

Born in 1973 is a small Ukrainian village, Ulyana Lopatkina reveals herself as a precocious dancer and enters the prestigious Vaganova Academy in Saint-Petersburg from which she graduates with a Grand Prix in 1991.

 This is when she starts collaborating with the Marinski theatre where she quickly becomes a Prima Ballerina with incredible performances.

Injured, she will stop dancing for two years and come back with more insurance and more characters personification. She then triumphs with Swan Lake and according to specialized critics, she is to date the most beautiful swan they ever seen in the history of classical ballet.  




Maiko: Dancing Child

DCP - HD - 2015 - Norway - 70 - Color

Maiko: Dancing Child

MAIKO: DANCING CHILD 麻衣子 (original title)


A film by Åse Svenheim Drivenes

Maiko's destiny was decided before she was born. Her name Maiko means dancing child. Her mother, the driving force behind her career, sold their house and car to send 14 year old Maiko to the most prestigious dancing schools in Europe. She knew she couldn't return to Japan as a failure. Today Maiko is 32 on top of her career as a prima ballerina at the Norwegian National Ballet. Maiko is not a young dancer anymore and talented newcomers are longing for her position. Competition is getting tougher when Maiko decides to start a family... We follow Maiko at a breaking point in her life, where she is forced to make decisions that might jeopardice everything she has worked for.




Avant

DCP - HD - 2014 - Uruguay & Argentina - 98 & 52 - Color

Avant

Avant (original title)


A film by Juan Alvarez Neme

After retiring as a professional dancer, Julio Bocca, one of the most famous ballet dancer ever, accepts the challenge to direct a forgotten national ballet in its unfinished theatre. Avant explores the contrast between Bocca ´s quest for excellence and the daily life of this company, set in a changing scenery that frames the lives of dancers, workers, cleaners and technicians.




AGNES LETESTU

HD - 2014 - French - 93 - Color

AGNES LETESTU

Agnes Letestu (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

The film focuses particularly on the two last years in this prestigious institution. The story of this film takes us to the official farewell of Agnès Letestu with "La Dame Aux Camelias" by John Neumeier in the evening of October 10, 2013 at the Opera de Paris. From "Children of Paradise" to "La Dame aux Camelias" by choreographer José Martinez, this film captures the ultimate emotional and magical moments on stage, in rehearsals and backstage.The testimonies of major choreographers of our time such as W. Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson, Jri Kylian, Nureyev, Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Pierre Lacotte, and other stars like Jose Martinez, Stephane Bullion, Ghislaine Thesmaret bring a unique insight of Agnes Letestu. The film shows many extracts from classical and contemporary ballet: Cinderella and Swan Lake by Nureyev, The Prodigal Son by Balanchine, "Dances at a Gathering" by Jerome Robbins, “Signs” by Carolyn Carlson “Wound work” by Forsythe...In a long interview this extraordinary dancer opens up and gives us her past, present and future: a life devoted to dance.

 




Ballet Boys

HD - 2013 - Norway - 58min & 73min - Color

Ballet Boys



A film by Kenneth Elvebakk

Ballet Boys takes you through disappointments, victories, forging of friendship, first loves, doubt, faith, growing apart from each other, finding your own way and own ambitions, all mixed with the beautiful expression of ballet.

Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir experience some very important years in the beginning of their ballet careers. But how do they deal with pressure from parents and teachers. They face new challenges in ballet competitions in France and Sweden. But most important is the audition to enter the Norwegian Ballet Academy. Out of the blue Lukas is offered a try-out in the final audition at the Royal Ballet School in London. He has not even applied! This may be his opportunity of a lifetime, and secure his career.

During the course of four years we see these boys becoming young men, and friends that separates. These kids need to sacrifice parties and friends from school to fulfill their dreams, and admission to a ballet academy means everything. It's up to a jury to determine if they are the chosen one. Their school teachers is concerned and ask them what they will you do if they don’t make it as ballet dancers.