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.

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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.


Kenneth Elvebakk (born October 11, 1966 in Hemnesberget) is a Norwegian documentary film director and producer. He is graduated from the University of Oslo, Norwegian School of Management and Oslo Film and Television Academy. Elvebakk has worked several years for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) – both radio and TV.

Original language: Norwegian
Produced by: Carsten Aanonsen (Indie Film)


Winner of the Audience Award, Tromsø International Children’s Film Festival Children’s Jury 2prize, Documentary Feature Film, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Winner of Best Youth Film, Oulu Internatinal Children’s and Youth Film Festival Winner of Best “Reportage”, International Festival of Films on Art in Montréal Winner of Best Original Music at the Norwegian TV Award “The Golden Route” Nominated to Best Original Score for a Documentary, IFMCA Award Nominated to the Award SOS Kinderdörfer weltweit, DOK.fest in Munich Official Selection – DOC U Competition – IDFA 2014.


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