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Pina -- "Dance, dance, or we are lost." Pina Bausch's final words summarize her life and provide the inspiration for acclaimed director Wim Wenders' (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB) breathtaking tribute to the legendary choreographer. Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal elevated dance into brilliantly subversive new expressive realms.
Pina -- A tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch.


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Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Regina Advento ... Herself - Dancer
Malou Airaudo ... Herself - Dancer
Ruth Amarante ... Herself - Dancer
Jorge Puerta ... Himself - Dancer (as Jorge Puerta Armenta)
Pina Bausch ... Herself (archive footage)
Rainer Behr ... Himself - Dancer
Andrey Berezin ... Himself - Dancer
Damiano Ottavio Bigi ... Himself - Dancer
Bénédicte Billet ... Herself - Dancer
Ales Cucek ... Himself - Dancer
Clementine Deluy ... Herself - Dancer
Josephine Ann Endicott ... Herself - Dancer
Lutz Förster ... Himself - Dancer
Pablo Aran Gimeno ... Himself - Dancer
Mechthild Großmann ... Herself - Dancer
Silvia Farias Heredía ... Herself - Dancer
Barbara Kaufmann ... Herself - Dancer
Na Young Kim ... Herself - Dancer (as Nayoung Kim)
Daphnis Kokkinos ... Himself - Dancer
Ed Kortlandt ... Himself - Dancer
Eddie Martinez ... Herself - Dancer
Dominique Mercy ... Himself - Dancer
Thusnelda Mercy ... Herself - Dancer
Ditta Miranda Jasjfi ... Herself - Dancer
Cristiana Morganti ... Herself - Dancer
Morena Nascimento ... Herself - Dancer
Nazareth Panadero ... Herself - Dancer
Helena Pikon ... Herself - Dancer
Fabien Prioville ... Himself - Dancer
Jean-Laurent Sasportes ... Himself - Dancer
Franko Schmidt ... Himself - Dancer
Azusa Seyama ... Herself - Dancer
Julie Shanahan ... Herself - Dancer
Julie Anne Stanzak ... Herself - Dancer
Michael Strecker ... Himself - Dancer
Fernando Suels ... Himself - Dancer (as Fernando Suels Mendoza)
Aida Vainieri ... Herself - Dancer
Anna Wehsarg ... Herself - Dancer
Tsai-Chin Yu ... Herself - Dancer
A.A. Gonzales ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps' (as Alexander Abad Gonzalez)
Stephen Brinkmann ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
M.C. Esteban ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps' (as Maritxell Checa Esterban)
Paul Hess ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Rudolf Giglberger ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Mu-Yi Kuo ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Chrystel Wu Guillebeaud ... Guest in 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Szu-Wei Wu ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Tomoko Yamashita ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Sergey Zhukov ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'
Sandrine Pillon ... Narrator
Andy Zondag ... Guest Dancer for 'Le Sacre du printemps'

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
Wim Wenders (written by)

Produced by
Heiner Bastian .... associate producer
Wolfgang Bergmann .... commissioning editor
Chris Bolzli .... co-producer
Peter Hermann .... line producer
Gabriele Heuser .... commissioning editor
Stephan Mallmann .... associate producer
Helen Olive .... line producer
Claudie Ossard .... co-producer
Gian-Piero Ringel .... producer
Stefan Rüll .... associate producer
Erwin M. Schmidt .... producer: 3D
Dieter Schneider .... commissioning editor
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
Wim Wenders .... producer
Mohammad Zahoor .... associate producer (as Dr. Mohammad Zahoor)
Original Music by
Thom  (as Thom Hanreich)
Cinematography by
Hélène Louvart (director of photography)
Jörg Widmer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Toni Froschhammer 
Art Direction by
Péter Pabst 
Costume Design by
Rolf Börzik 
Marion Cito 
Makeup Department
Fritz Schulze .... makeup artist
Susanne Tenner .... makeup artist
Astrid Weber .... makeup artist
Martina Ostländer .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tina Bockeloh .... unit manager
Dominik Bollen .... post-production supervisor
Christoph Stec .... assistant to unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heidi Frankl .... first assistant director: re-shoot
Corinne Le Hong .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rolf Börzik .... set designer
Arnulf Eichholz .... props
Péter Pabst .... set designer
Helga Rechenbach .... provider: artwork, Propaganda B
Ulrike Robben .... provider: artwork, Propaganda B
Dietrich Roeder .... stage technician
Jan Szito .... props
Martin Winterscheidt .... stage technician
Sound Department
Benjamin Bober .... boom operator
Alexander Buck .... sound editor
Ivan Dumas .... boom operator
Andreas Eisenschneider .... stage sound
Carsten Fischer .... stage sound
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Christian Lerch .... dolby sound consultant
René Pretschiner .... adr
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
André Rigaut .... sound recordist
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Eric Horstmann .... re-recording stage engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stefan Albertz .... stereoscopic consultant: Pictorion Das Werk
Alexander Falk .... system administrator: Pictorion Das Werk
Kalle Max Hofmann .... visual effects artist: Pictorion Das Werk
Christian Meckel .... system engineer: P{ictorion Das Werk
Christian Tröger .... digital intermediate conform and finishing artist (stereoscopic)
Thomas Schernikau .... system administrator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rainer Ahrens .... additional electrician
Sebastian Ahrens .... additional electrician
Amedeo Balestrieri .... lighting support
Hugo Barbier .... camera operator: "b" camera
Philippe Bordelais .... provider: 3d camera equipment
Wolfgang Buhl .... additional electrician
Jean Chesneau .... key grip
Alain Derobe .... provider: 3d camera equipment
Alain Derobe .... stereographer
Josephine Derobe .... stereographer
Fabian Ferri .... additional electrician
Lena Fliessbach .... photo trainee
Francois Garnier .... 3D supervisor
Kerstin Hardt .... follow spot operator
Stefan Hase .... remote system technician
Udo Heinz .... electrician
Marian Heymann .... grip assistant
Pierrot Hoepfner .... assistant photographer
Fernando Jacon .... lighting director
Jens Kaschub .... additional grip
Katl-Peter Kegler .... additional electrician
Michael Koch .... electrician
Jasper Lenz .... additional electrician
Jürgen Leyh .... additional electrician
Imke Linde .... electrician
Christian Meyer .... 3d lens control
Christian Meyer .... provider: 3d camera equipment
Francisco Ochoa-Wagner .... grip assistant (as Francisco Ochoa Wagner)
Patrick J. Palmer .... 3d consultant
Christoph Philippsen .... electrician
Eric Poss .... additional electrician
Thierry Pouffary .... first assistant camera
Thierry Pouffary .... stereographer
Lars Priesack .... follow spot operator
Florian Rettich .... high definition supervisor
Sabine Rösing .... first assistant camera: b camera
Roman Schauerte .... second assistant camera
Laura Schmidt .... photography management
Andreas Schüler .... remote system specialist
Jennifer Simon .... additional electrician
Benjamin Taye .... additional electrician
Joe Verlei .... electrician
Donata Wenders .... still photographer
Jörg Widmer .... steadicam operator
Martin Wysmyk .... additional electrician
Konrad Zimmermann .... second assistant camera
Hanna Zwinge .... follow spot operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harald Boll .... wardrobe
Silvia Franco .... wardrobe
Andreas Maier .... wardrobe
Katrin Moos .... wardrobe
Ulrike Schneider .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Wolf Bosse .... digital intermediate supervisor
Michael Brink .... digital intermediate producer
Joerg Bruemmer .... digital intermediate on-line finishing and depth grading (as Jörg Brümmer)
Maxine Goedicke .... assistant editor
Francesca Hecht .... post-production coordinator
Sven Heck .... digital intermediate on-line finishing and depth grading
Lola Knoblach .... digital intermediate coordinator
Christian Kröhl .... assistant color grading
Frieda Oberlin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Moritz Peters .... color grading
Scherin Rajakumaran .... digital intermediate coordinator: Cinecolor Argentina
Gerhard Spring .... digital intermediate recording
Jonas Thorbrügge .... assistant color grading
Christian Tröger .... digital intermediate on-line finishing and depth grading
Philip Whitfield .... color grading
Nico Hauter .... digital intermediate color assist (uncredited)
Philipp Orgassa .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Beckmann .... music supervisor (as Beckmann)
Barbara Berndorff .... music legal advisor
Matthias Burkert .... musical director
Andreas Eisenschneider .... musical director
Milena Fessmann .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Jochen Behle .... production driver
Tim Großkurth .... production driver (as Tim Grosskurth)
Manfred Harth .... production driver
Jörg Vincent Malotki .... production driver
Other crew
Malou Airaudo .... rehearsal director: Café Müller
Pina Bausch .... choreographer
Bénédicte Billet .... rehearsal director: Kontakhof
Sophie Borowsky .... production lawyer
Xenia Brauer .... production trainee
Boris Dillen .... production accountant
Paula Eickmann .... set runner
Josephine Ann Endicott .... rehearsal director: Kontakhof
Marie-Christine Ernst .... production coordinator
Heidi Frankl .... personal assistant to director
Elisa Gomis .... production coordinator
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production accountant
Martina Hedwig .... assistant to producer
Annette Hellerung .... subtitling: Alias
Dagmar Jacobsen .... subtitling: Alias
Barbara Kaufmann .... rehearsal director: Le Sacre du printemps
Alainée Kent .... for recorded picture company
Daphnis Kokkinos .... rehearsal director: Vollmond
Anne Lensing .... script supervisor
Manfred Marczewski .... technical director
Gerold Marks .... publicist: internet
Charles McDonald .... publicist: international
Dominique Mercy .... rehearsal director: Le Sacre du printemps
Dominique Mercy .... rehearsal director: Vollmond
Florian Miller .... production trainee
Barbara Mutschler .... assistant to producer
Ina Novotny .... assistant accountant
Volker Otte .... film funding lawyer
Helena Pikon .... rehearsal director: Café Müller
Jorg Ramershoven .... technical director
Leonie Rolle .... production trainee
Stefan Rüll .... production lawyer (as Dr. Stefan Rüll)
René Saldjughian .... location manager
David Scharr .... set runner
Reinhard Schmidt .... production trainee
Kai Siggelkow .... set manager
Zoe Simijonovic .... script supervisor (as Sonja Zoe Simijonovic)
Robert Sturm .... rehearsal director: Vollmond
Frederic Suprano .... certified accountant (as Frédéric Suprano)
Kenji Takagi .... rehearsal director: Le Sacre du printemps
Ben von Dobeneck .... assistant to producer
Carolin von Roth .... personal assistant to director
Felicitas Willems .... stage manager
Anke Zindler .... publicist
Paul Zischler .... assistant to producer
Dominique Mercy .... art advisor (uncredited)
Solomon Bausch .... special thanks
Tom Tykwer .... special thanks

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USA:103 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Half-finished gestures in empty space, 16 March 2012
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Pina Bausch died just prior to this being made. I was familiar with her just briefly from Almodovar's Talk To Her, but sadly not more and not live. So, at least for the time being, this is as much as we'll get to know her, independent of her being here to explain, assuming she would at all, and this is perhaps the most fitting part. We'll get to know her in the purest sense possible, by what dance stirred her heart. Because in a sense you are what you have embodied and made life from, everything else being words, roles, play-acting, it is more than enough to have just this. It is what dance is all about.

And this is how she handled her troupe, as a director herself. Hints, abstract frameworks. How it comes across in the actual dance is a marvel; the debris of unfinished thoughts in the midst of empty space, of course the entire flow framed small in empty stages, but in each person as well, bits of recognizable motion in the midst of syncopated blurs, half-finished gestures of story.

We see plenty of I assume excerpts of her dances, all of them more or less captivating. I do not know a thing about the medium, so I will let aficionados explain the importance of how she innovated form. She might as well have been an inverse Beckett for all I know, danced, acting out hurt that he repressed.

But I am interested in film, and how images can seduce into the surface the core of our being. And what Pina do the images reveal? Lonely, hurt, strong, frantic search. An anxious sexuality at heart, or better yet anxious at the prospect of touch, connection.

And it is important to note this connection with her players, and by extension ourselves as viewers. All of them without exception are baffled to communicate their relationship with her, as though it was so visceral, so 'now', it is impossible to relate after the fact, disembodied in words. I'm sure they could all say it with a dance, wonderfully so. It is even possible that not all of them got her - one of them dedicates weightlessness in her memory, where the Pina I saw was all about weight and pull.

But the're all definitely sure of one thing, that she looked into their innermost self.

Meddlesome words again, 'that she looked into their innermost self'. Watching the film, this is what I get the sense Pina accomplished: she allowed empty space around these people, not over-directing, not explaining every gesture, perhaps not even communicating a whole point or story, reflecting this in the actually sparse surroundings she prepared around them, so at her smallest hint they poured into that space their own spontaneous being. They came out having bared self, having made sense - body, motion - what used to be words, ideas, having been one with just the moment. Pina had only made it possible they do.

She asked one of her dancers to portray joy, as simple as this. He offered his version, personal self, and she choreographed a scene around it.

So there it is in a nutshell, a valuable insight for us viewers. This is something you watch without the need to know what it means, trusting it does in the exchange.

Oh, there is Wenders in all this. Wenders is a frame artist, always looking for something to frame and apply colors to. Most of the time he has dull insights. In Tokyo-Ga, he set out to frame Ozu but missed by so much it made me cringe. Here he comes across a woman that is unfettered soul. He does not puzzle about how you film dance, trusting she has taken care of even that. He does not get in the way too much, most of the time carving with his camera soft paths inside the dance. His dull insight, in an attempt to somehow address the cinematic experience, is the whole as one more staged performance before an audience - many re-enactions on different stages occur in the film, some of them projected on a screen. But he does not turn any of this into a story, which is bound to alienate most viewers.

It is perhaps lucky that Wenders did this, opposed to say someone like Almodovar who commands deeply layered vision. Like Pina's dancers, he is an empty vessel. She fills with the joy of color.

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