Director: Wim Wenders
Language: German, French, English, Spanish, Croatian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean
Duration: 100 min.
A feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer.
Pina is a film by German director Wim Wenders, created as a tribute to his friend the renowned dance choreographer Pina Bausch who passed away in 2009. It premiered out of competition at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and has been selected as Germany's official entry to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
I have to admit that before seeing this, I had not seen any of Wenders' films nor had any real exposure to Pina Bausch's Tanztheater except for seeing random clips here and there, so I had no idea what to expect. What I found was an amazing spectacle of sight and sound; combining legendary choreography executed by Pina's talented dancers who passionately express every human emotion over the running time of the film; top notch cinematography making full use of the theatre stage as well as various unique locations in and around Wuppertal; and a wonderfully moving soundtrack containing a myriad of tunes old and new that perfectly enhance the stunning dance routines. Wenders has crafted what is without a doubt one of the finest looking films of the year.
It's difficult to categorize this one. Pina is not quite a documentary, because there is no story or background given about her, and it contains no real narrative either, the film is rather simply a showcase and homage to Pina's life's work. Interspersed among the various performances is some archive footage of Pina herself, and brief closeup shots of each of the dancers who stare silently at the camera, followed by an accompanying voice over of them telling a small anecdote or memory of Pina.
Anyone who is a fan of dance, of music, or of incredible camera work should seek out this exhilarating film. I don't know how much of a chance it has with the Academy voters, but it really is a remarkable visual achievement, and a beautiful celebration and fitting tribute to Bausch. It's also got me interested in finally seeing more of Wender's work.
— Bonjour Tristesse