P O L I N A

 

Monday, November 13 - 7:00 pm (doors 6.30pm)
Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco

Preceded by short film Swan by Laetitia Jacquart & J.P. Dobrin

Post screening Q&A with director Valérie Müller

In partnership with Petits Pas

with the support of Unifrance & Consulat Général de France à San Francisco

Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories/NY

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Directed by

 

Laetitia Jacquart and J.P. Dobrin

 

 

Year: 2017

 

Run Time: 4 minutes

 

 

Synopsis

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her exacting preparation behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award® winner Juliette Binoche who has danced with London based dancer/choreographer Akram Khan). But once there she is quickly forced to grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don't always lead to success. Other members of the cast include Niels Schneider (Xavier Dolan’s HEARTBEATS and I KILLED MY MOTHER) and Jérémie Bélingard (a star dancer with the Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, SAINT LAURENT).

 

Directed by VALÉRIE MÜLLER and famed French dancer/choreographer ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ

Screenplay by VALÉRIE MÜLLER, based on the graphic novel by BASTIEN VIVÈS

Produced by DIDIER CRESTE and GAËLLE BAYSSIÈR

Starring JULIETTE BINOCHE, ANASTASIA SHEVTSOVA, VERONIKA ZHOVNYTSKA, NIELS SCHNEIDER, and JEREMIE BELINGARD

World Premiere: 2016 Venice Film Festival

Run Time: 112 minutes; Not Rated; Language: Russian and French

US Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories/NY

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