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

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Wim Wenders

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Details

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

While Wim Wenders was preparing "Pina," the choreographer discovered she had cancer and died a few days before filming began. See more »

Quotes

Pina Bausch: What are we longing for? Where does all this yearning come from?
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Also shown in a 3D version See more »

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Referenced in Paris pieds nus (2016) See more »

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Mémoires du Futur I
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A cinematic eulogy
8 May 2011 | by dharmendrasinghSee all my reviews

Pina is being classed as a musical, but it's more of a documentary. More than this, it's a cinematic eulogy to Pina Bausch, one of the world's most influential dancers.

The filmic concept is simple. Footage consisting mainly of contemporary performances of Pina's ballets performed by her dancers is interposed with archive footage of the legendary figure herself. Each dancer, at their turn, looks squarely at the camera and offers their own recollection of how Pina inspired them. This is followed by a demonstration of their learning.

It seems that filming dance is making a comeback in cinema. But after seeing 'Black Swan' and now this, I wonder if dance loses something on the big screen? Maybe the realism or the urgency. Definitely something. It's the same with music concerts. You have to be there.

I'm of the opinion that you have to be an artist to understand other artists. They're a different breed. Where else, for instance, would the remark 'you just have to get crazier' be appropriate if not in dance? Some scenes are bizarre. No they're not. They're mad. Mad like Pina told her students to be. There are some arresting images, which to tease us, Wenders doesn't linger on.

The predictable comment being made of Wenders' film is that it is surreal. I don't believe it is truly surreal. Yes, some of the visuals are unusual – like the Australian dancer who dances with abandon on a street corner with cars driving past and a train travelling upside down. Or the act involving two men spitting water at each other. Or better still the act with a man pulling his trousers up and down. But I swear the effects seem remarkably natural.

I was agape throughout the scene where one dancer in a serene industrial site shows a couple of cuts of meat to us and shouts 'veal!' before dancing on her tiptoes for what seemed like forever. Where was the beauty? I wondered after. I can't explain it. It is just there.

There's nothing snobbish about this film. There's not much that is esoteric either. The music is eclectic and the nationalities of the dancers are diverse. Pina united people. This film isn't exclusively for dance lovers; it's for admirers of culture.

Although I would find a second viewing of Pina to be quite taxing, I have no trouble in recommending it to anyone. It's unlike anything I've seen. It expresses beauty in a way I did not think plausible.

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