Archive of films Pina / Pina

Germany / France
2010, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2011

After the death of German choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), Wim Wenders shot a movie which documents the "posthumous life” of this creative personality in beguiling images. Bausch survives not only in her ensembles’ performances, but also in the memory of the bodies of the ensemble members who cooperated with her, often for decades. The documentary-cum-musical experiment was much discussed at this year’s Berlinale, not least because Wim Wenders shot Pina in 3D.


Synopsis

After the death of German choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), Wim Wenders shot a movie that documents the "posthumous life” of this artistic celebrity, in beguiling images. An ensemble came together around Bausch and stayed with her for decades. In the memory of the bodies of the ensemble members, her creative vision flows into the form of an organism whose "immortality” is ensured by the movie camera. Wenders, who has shown his interest in the art and music scene in numerous other movies, offers up scenes of the ensemble’s noted performances. But he also lets the protagonists leave the stage and infect the life of their hometown, Wuppertal. The members of the ensemble reveal that working with Pina Bausch meant submitting to intense, long-term pressure. In her conception, physical aptitude and age ceased to limit dance, which instead became a manifestation of life. The film was much discussed at this year’s Berlinale, not least because Wim Wenders shot Pina in 3D.

About the director

Wim Wenders (b. 1945, Düsseldorf) studied medicine and philosophy. He began writing film criticism while enrolled at the Academy of Film and Television in Munich. He is a former chairman and later president of the European Film Academy. He is also a producer and teacher. Filmography (selected): Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit, 1976 – FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes), The State of Things (Der Stand der Dinge, 1982), Paris, Texas (1984 – Palme d’Or , FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes), Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin, 1987 – Best Director at Cannes), Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!, 1993 – Grand Prix of the Jury at Cannes), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000 – Jury Prize at Berlin), 8 (2007), Palermo Shooting (2008), If Buildings Could Talk (2010).

Contacts

HanWay Films
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United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 290 0750
E-mail: info@hanwayfilms.com
www: www.hanwayfilms.com

Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 226 224 111
Fax: +420 226 224 110
E-mail: hce@hce.cz
www: www.hce.cz

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Wim Wenders
Screenplay: Wim Wenders
Dir. of Photography: Hélène Louvart, Jörg Widmer
Music: Thom Hanreich
Editor: Toni Froschhammer
Producer: Gian-Piero Ringel, Wim Wenders
Production: Neue Road Movies
Cast: Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Pina Bausch, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin
Contact: HanWay Films, Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Distributor: Hollywood Classic Entertainment
   
www: www.pina-film.de

Guests

Lucie Mazůrková

Distributor

Michal Kroupa

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