March 23 - April 2, various venues in Montreal:
Russian | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Ben Berhard
Distribution: Sant & Usant
Editing: Vlad Grishin
Director: Anita Rehoff Larsen
Production: Sant & Usant
Nastia, aged 13, and her 7-year-old sister Polina, share a dream of becoming star ballerinas. Admitted to a prestigious Russian ballet academy, they are both completely devoted to their rigorous and demanding training. Victor Kossakovsky’s documentary presents their close relationship and their love of dance, as Nastia encourages her sister to “dance with an open soul.” It tells their story with an economy of words and mirrors the art of ballet: at once sublime and solemn, stylish and understated.
Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky was born in 1961. He began his career at the Leningrad documentary studio as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor in 1978. For many of his films, he acts as editor, cinematographer, writer and director. He graduated from the High Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow in 1988. In 1993, his first feature, Belovy (1992), won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA. He has since won more than 100 awards. His latest films are Vivan Las Antipodas! (2011) and Demonstration (2015).
Filmography | Demonstration (2015), Vivan Las Antipodas! (2011), Belovy (1992).
Screenings playing this movie
Cinematography: Lynne Spencer
Distribution: Lynne Spencer Productions
Editing: Lynne Spencer
Music: Michael Bushnell, Owen Underhill, Tobin Stokes
Director: Lynne Spencer
Sound: Lynne Spencer
Production: Lynne Spencer Productions
In the world of classical ballet, artists are willing to make any sacrifices to maintain their hard-earned status, and to endure the most excruciating pain to continue their path towards perfection. What happens to dancers whose injuries threaten their ability to pursue their life’s passion? This film recounts the story of Simone Orlando, a principal dancer with Vancouver’s Ballet BC for twelve years. While working on a new ballet, she suffered a severe hip injury. From that moment on, she experienced both the hope of healing and the fear of having to leave the dance studio forever. She did everything humanly possible to continue to dance. Lynne Spencer’s first documentary relates this touching and inspiring story, interweaving interviews and unreleased clips from rehearsals and performances by Ballet BC.
Lynne Spencer is an independent film director who began her career in the mainstream industry in 1993, working on features such as Double Jeopardy and Elf. She began directing in 2005, creating short films, videos for dance and commercial work for Ballet BC and Lululemon. Her work has been presented at the Joyce SoHo New York, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Whistler Film Festival and Scotiabank Dance Centre. The documentary Broken (2016) is her debut feature film.
Filmography | First film.