Polina

Showed at Images 2/25/2019

Starring: Anastasia Shevtsova, Niels Schneider, Juliette Binoche, Jérémie Bélingard, Aleksei Guskov

A gripping insider’s look at the world of ballet and contemporary dance, this is the story of a young Russian ballerina whose lifelong dream of joining the Bolshoi Ballet is derailed when she discovers modern dance. Beautifully capturing the sacrifices, competition, and physical pain of the dance world, as well as the thrill of stepping on stage, Polina is also, most importantly, a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman forging an artist’s path by learning to look at the world in her own way.

The first feature by leading French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, written and directed in tandem with documentarian Valérie Müller, Polina mixes professional actors such as Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche with leading dancers such as Anastasia Shevtsova, a nineteen-year-old ballerina from Saint Petersburg who learned French to play the titular part, and Jérémie Bélingard, a former danseur étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet. Together, the filmmakers and actors pull off the rare feat of telling a fictional story that feels documentary in its detail and sweepingly romantic in its heart.

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  • Director: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The creative process is always an elusive thing for filmmakers to capture, but amid all the startling visuals and the splendid acting, Polina rises, gloriously, to the challenge.”

– Wall Street Journal