First screened in January 2012 / Most recently screened in February 2019
Director: Wim Wenders. Quasi-documentary collage of Pina Bausch's dance routines, reblocked for 3-D cameras and performed by her former company members. Dancers include Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Bénédicte Billet, Ales Cucek, Clementine Deluy, Josephine Ann Endicott, Lutz Förster, Pablo Aran Gimeno, Mechthild Grossmann, Silvia Farias Heredía, Ditta Miranda Jasjfi, Barbara Kaufmann, Nayoung Kim, Daphnis Kokkinos, Ed Kortlandt, Eddie Martinez, Dominique Mercy, Thusnelda Mercy, Cristiana Morganti, Morena Nascimento, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Fabien Prioville, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Franko Schmidt, Azusa Seyama, Julie Shanahan, Julie Anne Stanzak, Michael Strecker, Aida Vainieri, Anna Wehsarg, and Tsai-Chin Yu. Screenplay: Wim Wenders.

Twitter Capsule: (2012) A glorious unbiopic, remarrying cinema to movement, its ghostly temporalities suffused with tension, pleasure, warmth, loss.

Second Capsule: (2019) Finds its own cinematic language of adoration, movement, and longing, three of the great subjects of Bausch's art. Gorgeous.

VOR:   A terrific handling of dance on screen. An inventive and full-hearted reimagining of the documentary tribute. Inspired use of 3D. Cut with panache.

Photo © 2011 Sundance Selects/IFC Films/HanWay Films/Neue Road Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

Other Awards:
European Film Awards: Best Documentary Feature

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