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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Beautifully composed piece of art to remember Pina Bausch and contemporary dance with. See more (51 total) »


  (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 .... 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)
Location Management
René Saldjughian .... location manager
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
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)
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
Anne von Spee .... script supervisor (as Anne Lensing)
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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Rated PG for some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking
USA:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Wim Wenders reports that he actively resisted going to see Bausch's Café Müller in 1985. He claims he had no interest in dance whatsoever and was dragged to the production by his then companion, Solveig Dommartin. Once he had been seated in the audience and began to watch, however, he found himself so moved by the performance that he wept.See more »
Pina Bausch:What are we longing for? Where does all this yearning come from?See more »
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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV)See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully composed piece of art to remember Pina Bausch and contemporary dance with., 13 June 2011
Author: Christine from Paris, France

Whether Wender's work is considered a film, eulogy or a documentary, I can say that I have never felt so much for a production of moving pictures before that I would feel the necessity to express my thoughts through written words.

I have a great passion for dance and used to practice it a lot more a few years ago. Hence, this film was a must-see for me whatever whoever says. The downside with dance on film is the failure of the screen to convey depth, and I didn't find the 3D effects particularly impressing here, I must admit. But then again, without it, I am sure it would be hard not to get dull watching 100 minutes of flat images, sometimes randomly and unexpectedly cut of the context.

Because there is no storyline in the film. Not very much of replicas either to explain in clear words why or if the different pieces are linked together, and definitely nothing to tell about Pina Bausch's private life. But that is also what makes this film so clean and consistent; dance says it all.

If Pina lived today, her presence in the film would certainly be more evident to us. The film would let us follow her and her dance company on performances with more straight forward dialogues. Instead, the spirit of Pina is expressed through dance here. Dance is the way she would use to communicate her messages to the world, so why would words then be necessary? Even less, why would personal details of her life matter in this film when what we will remember of her, as with other known names throughout the history, will be for their creations, inspirations and contributions to our world?

Pina's art is shown piece by piece in the film featuring choreographies and performing arts carried out by her closest dancers in different milieux. Both outdoors in the open landscape and modern cityscape, as well as indoors on a stage. It expresses diversity and unity at the same time, gives life to poetry and most remarkably, making music visible in a way that I have not seen in a film before. It describes relationships between men and women, young and old, human and nature, along with senses of loneliness, yearning, passion, pain and joy mixed with a dose of subtle humour.

And they are all performed by a group of highly skillful professionals of different ages, nationalities and languages, whom sometimes, through open monologues, give us an insight on Pina's character. Not only do they reach out to touch by movements, but also through empathy and facial expressions of compassion, making them very credible actors/actresses.

To sum up: If you can deal with lack of dialogues without getting bored, make sure then to have some understanding about dance, or a general interest in art and scenography to truly appreciate this film. It is a definition of beauty and a way to remember Pina Bausch.

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