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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.
“No, there was no hurricane that swept across the stage, there were just… people performing who moved differently than I knew and who moved me as I had never been moved before. After only a few moments I had a lump in my throat, and after a few minutes of unbelieving amazement I simply let go of my feelings and cried unrestrainedly. This had never happened to me before… maybe in life, sometimes in the cinema, but not when watching a rehearsed production, let alone choreography. This was not theatre, nor pantomime, nor ballet and not at all opera. Pina is, as you know, the creator of a new art. Dance theatre”, said Wim Wenders.


Berlin Film Festival – selected for Out of Competition; German Film Awards – Best Documentary.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders was born just after the World War II ended in Germany in 1945. After he graduated from the gymnasium in Oberhausen, Wim began his studies in medicine (1963–64) and philosophy (1964–65). However, he interrupted his academic education and decided to become a painter. He moved to Paris in October of 1966, where he failed his entry test at the Art Academy. Instead he worked as an engraver in the atelier. During that time he also became a regular visitor of the Cinemathèque Française, saw up to 5 movies a day. Wim returned to Germany in 1967, worked briefly in the Düsseldorf office of United Artists and that autumn entered the Graduate School of Film and Television, which had just been founded in Munich. Last year Scanorama together with Goethe institute in Vilnius organized a tribute to W. Wenders and screened 11 of his films.