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.  

Marlène Ionesco


My meeting with dance has been really a coincidence. Studying theater and film, a literary orientation to college, the passion of Russian cinema, Eastern Europe and artistic encounters have gradually paved the way in which I am still involved. Great minds such as Pierre Mac Orlan, Jean Giono and Paul Emile Victor convinced me that we own the key of our own freedom and life choices with all that it entails. My first film was therefore a personal choice, following a family conversation about a forgotten singer from another time: Damia, a great singer before the likes of Piaf - I decided to make a fictional paper on it. Then came the Opera with Carolyn Carlson and my second film emerged a few years later whilst I was working in stage directing. The film "Blue Marine" pushed me to follow this mysterious path, the continuity followed with the interaction with others, all with the confidence that dancers and choreographers gave me. The third film, dear to my heart, was another fictional paper on the theme of Isis and Osiris, the great Egyptian myth. And so was born the film "La Barque Sacrée. It was a beautiful and magical experience. Studio shot with Alekan Henri, poet Carolyn Carlson, Larrio Ekson, Yorma Yohnen in the lead roles. The screenplay was an immediate inspiration, something like an automatic writing. I had already had pictures materializing in my head. Lastly, I devoted my artistic pilgrimage to the portrait of ballet stars: Agnes Letestu - Dominique Khalfouni - Mathieu Ganio - Larrio Ekson. It is actually the parenthesis "Dream Othello" with Agnes Letestu and Larrio Ekson that made me decide to direct me to the portraits of ballet stars. - See more at: http://widehouse.org/film/agnes-letestu/#sthash.Fy2PV0DY.dpuf

Marlène Ionesco


Agnès Letestu: A shining Star

Mireille Nègre: A devoted dancer

A Life for Ballet

Like a Dream

Flight of Eagle Spirit

Waltz Thru Time

Othello's Dream

Original language: Russian, French, English
Produced by: Delange Production