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Pina

Pina

Original Title: Pina
Director: Wim Wenders
Germany, France | German, English, Italian, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish
2011 | 103min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
12+
The world’s first 3-D art house film, Wim Wenders’s gorgeous tribute to German choreographic genius Pina Bausch almost didn’t get made. In the summer of 2009, just before shooting was to begin on his documentary on Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, which she had led since 1973, Bausch died unexpectedly. But after a period of mourning and reflection, Wenders decided to continue with the film and concentrate on Bausch’s legacy: her loyal dancers and her stunning dances.

A protégée of the legendary German choreographer Kurt Jooss, Bausch also studied in New York City under greats such as Antony Tudor, José Limón and the dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company. As a performer she worked with Paul Taylor, Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer. Tudor hired her to work at the Metropolitan Opera, and this proximity to theater and music would later inspire her groundbreaking choreography: a blend of dreamlike, poetic images and the language of movement, informed by basic human emotions, including fears and needs as well as wishes and desires.

For those not familiar with Bausch’s background, this biographical data may be helpful, as the film itself is designated as being for Pina, rather than about her. In it, Wenders alternates a selection of extracts from newly staged mountings of her most famous productions – Café Mueller, The Rite of Spring, Vollmond and Kontakthof – with one-on-ones with the members of her company who express their feelings about her with improvised dance, body language and solo performances in the iconic public spaces of Wuppertal.

–Alissa Simon

Director,  Wim Wenders

Director,  Wim Wenders

Born in Düsseldorf in 1945, Wim Wenders is one of the most important figures to emerge from the New German Cinema in the 1970s with such films as Kings of the Road (1976) and The American Friend (1977). Later films include Paris, Texas, (1984) Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club (1999). The son of Sebastião Salgado and Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado is a director, screenwriter and director of photography. His films include Une Nuit (2007) and an episode of Paris la métisse (2005).

Cast and Crew

Director
Wim Wenders
Co-Production Company
Eurowide Filmproduction, ZDF, ZDF Theaterkanal
Cast
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Ensemble
Production Company
Neue Road Movies
Music
Thom Hanreich
Producer
Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel, Wolfgang Bergmann. Gabriele Heuser, Dieter Schneider
Foreign Right Sales
HanWay Films
Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Screenwriter
Wim Wenders
Editor
Toni Froschhammer
Cinematographer
Hélène Louvart, Jörg Widmer
Art Director
Peter Pabst, Rolf Borzik
Sound
Andre Rigaut
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