Born in Düsselforf, Wenders came upon film after dropping out of university in the mid-1960s. After moving in Paris to try his hand as a painter and engraver, he became fascinated with film, seeing up to five a day at the local cinemas. He returned to Germany and enrolled in the University of Television and Film Munich, and became a film critic for several publications. He became part of the New German Cinema movement at the end of the 1960s, and made his feature directorial debut with “Summer in the City” (1970).
Dancers in a Modern Setting in ‘Pina’
Photo credit: Donata Wenders for IFC Films
The film is hypnotizing and mesmerizing, more so for aficionados of the dance. Pina Bausch (now deceased) was a visionary in the use of organic elements and movement designed around those elements. The dancers work their activities within the framework, and create stage/screen pictures of uncompromising distinction. The 3-D work enhances these works, but not so much to make it necessary. What is on-screen is a tribute from one old friend to another, and it succeeds in that wonderful energy.
Pina Bausch was a practitioner of the Tanztheater, which means dance theater. Throughout the documentary, her works are performed, and then commented upon by
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
Battle for Brooklyn (Rumer Inc.)
Bill Cunningham New York (First Thought Films)
Buck (Cedar Creek Productions)
Hell and Back Again (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
Jane's Journey (Neos Film GmbH & Co. Kg)
Long Way Home: The Loving Story (Augusta Films)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (@radical.media)
Pina (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
Project Nim (Red Box Films)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
Sing Your Song (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
Undefeated (Spitfire Pictures)
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (Juf Pictures,
Which brings us to now. AFI Fest 2011 Presented by Audi is a little over a
Writer: Wim Wenders (screenplay)
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante
With the onslaught of dance films over the past few years, not only has the genre become fodder for lackluster attempts at feature filmmaking, but also, on the flip side, a great use of the 3D format. 3D has become something of a mainstay at your local theaters, but rarely has it jumped ship to the arthouse world. That is, until an arthouse auteur decides to jump on the dance film bandwagon.
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