A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.


Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Advento Regina Advento ... Self - Dancer
Malou Airaudo Malou Airaudo ... Self - Dancer
Ruth Amarante Ruth Amarante ... Self - Dancer
Jorge Puerta Jorge Puerta ... Self - Dancer (as Jorge Puerta Armenta)
Pina Bausch ... Self (archive footage)
Rainer Behr Rainer Behr ... Self - Dancer
Andrey Berezin Andrey Berezin ... Self - Dancer
Damiano Ottavio Bigi Damiano Ottavio Bigi ... Self - Dancer
Bénédicte Billiet Bénédicte Billiet ... Self - Dancer (as Bénédicte Billet)
Ales Cucek Ales Cucek ... Self - Dancer
Clementine Deluy Clementine Deluy ... Self - Dancer
Josephine Ann Endicott Josephine Ann Endicott ... Self - Dancer
Lutz Förster Lutz Förster ... Self - Dancer
Pablo Aran Gimeno Pablo Aran Gimeno ... Self - Dancer
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ... Self - Dancer


In modern dance since the 1970s, few choreographers have had more influence in the medium than the late Pina Bausch. This film explores the life and work of this artist of movement while we see her company perform her most notable creations where basic things like water, dirt and even gravity take on otherworldly qualities in their dancing. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking | See all certifications »

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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 »


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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a 3D version See more »


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See it in 2D
14 November 2011 | by chrisarciszewskaSee all my reviews

I saw this film first in a 2D version and loved it - hence the high score. I saw it a week later in 3D because I thought I ought to see what all the fuss was about. I was hugely disappointed. The 3D detracted rather than added to the experience. Perhaps the technology isn't quite good enough yet or this just wasn't the type of film that would benefit from the 3D effects. I found it a distraction from the beauty of the dance. We all know dance happens on a stage in three dimensions and our brains compensate for this when we see a film. We don't need to have the dancers coming at us out of the screen. If you like modern dance you'll see this film and enjoy it. If you don't know whether or not you like it it might convert you, but definitely seek out a 2D version.

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Release Date:

24 February 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Pina - ein Tanzfilm in 3D See more »


Box Office


EUR3,238,460 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,012, 25 December 2011

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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