Pina is a film for Pina Bausch. Shot in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, this feature-length dance film portrays the exhilarating and inimitable art of this great German choreographer who died in the summer of 2009. Inviting the viewer on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension right onto the stage of the legendary ensemble, the film also accompanies the dancers beyond the theatre, into the city and the surrounding industrial landscape of Wuppertal – the place that was the home and centre of Pina Bausch’s creative life for more than 35 years.Wim Wenders first saw a piece by choreographer Pina Bausch – ‘Café Müller’ – in 1985, and was immediately bowled over. Their first meeting soon evolved into a long-standing friendship that was to lead eventually to an idea for a joint film project. However, their project’s implementation was long thwarted by the limitations of the medium of film. Wenders sensed that he had yet to find a suitable form in which convey Pina Bausch’s unique art combining movement, gestures, speech and music. But then, in 2007, Wenders saw the concert film U2-3D, a digital production in 3D about the Irish rock band U2 and, all at once, it became crystal clear to him that “3D was the way to do it! Only by including the dimension of space did I feel confident (rather than merely presumptuous) that here was a suitable way of transporting Pina’s Tanztheater to the screen.”Wenders began to familiarise himself thoroughly with the latest developments in 3D cinema and, in 2008, he and Pina Bausch began to think about realising their dream. They decided to include the following pieces from her repertoire: ‘Café Müller’, ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’, ‘Vollmond’ and ‘Kontakthof’. –Berlinale
Born in Dusseldorf just after the end of World War II, German film director Wim Wenders grew up with an insatiable appetite for American movies. Not all that interested in big-budget products, he, instead, developed a fascination with B-movies, notably melodramas and Westerns. After studying Medicine and Philosophy in his native country, Wenders took up art in Paris (a mecca for viewing American films), and then returned to his homeland to attend Munich’s Academy of Film and Television. Like many of his French movie-fan brethren, Wenders began his career writing film criticism before directing a few short subjects of his own, and, in 1970, he and several other young filmmakers formed a production-distribution firm, Filmverlag Der Autoren. Summer in the City (1970) was Wenders’ first feature film, but it was his 1973 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter that first brought him attention outside of Germany. The film included many accomplishments, most notably coaxing… read more
While the film I find competent but somewhat incoherent, Im grateful to Wenders for more of Pina Bausch on film; the choreography is at times so searingly beautiful that one just wants to cry. Btw a lot of the locations (like the Wuppertal monorail mentioned below) are from Pina Bausch's film Complaint of an Empress (a much better film imo) which you can find on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aM96Id1WM
Such a beautiful film. As a dancer, I appreciate the mix of experimental and technical movement. As a creative dancer, I also adore the variety of locations-- on a traffic circle, monorail, tennis court-- +10 points for creativity. The 3D was just an added bonus-- not necessary, but made certain sequences (like the monorail) really pop. Recommend to anyone, even non-dancers.
"Dance, dance - otherwise we are lost." Beautiful, fun, maddening. I didn't know Pina, but I bet she would have loved this tribute. I sure did.
An interview with director Wim Wenders on his new 3D documentary Pina.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
A quick third roundup. Plus: The year 3D came of age.
An enthusiastic rave, a vigorous pan and much disagreement in between.
A look at the posters for the films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival.
"Apples and oranges" was my off-the-cuff reply to a critic I admire as we rose from our seats following a screening of Werner Herzog's Cave
Ralph Fiennes's adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus is among six world premieres in the first round of Competition titles in the Berlinale
It was a wonderful experience to discover the performer and ballet director Pina Bausch through the sensibility of Wim Wenders.
The seasons’ coreography is all over the course of the film (from… read review