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Pina (2011)

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

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writer:

Wim Wenders
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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

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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Taglines:

Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | France | UK

Release Date:

24 February 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Pina - ein Tanzfilm in 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,238,460 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€488,640 (Germany), 27 February 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,027, 6 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,524,826

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,624,826
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Germany's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

Quotes

Pina Bausch: What are we longing for? Where does all this yearning come from?
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Film Top 10 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Lillies of the Valley
Music by Jun Miyake
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Beautifully composed piece of art to remember Pina Bausch and contemporary dance with.
13 June 2011 | by ChristineSee all my reviews

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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