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PINA

PINA
Scene from PINA (photo © Neue Road Movies GmbH/Donata Wenders)

PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. The feature-length dance film was shot in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and shows the exhilarating and inimitable art of the 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 and together with the dancers beyond the theater, into the city and the surrounding industrial landscape of Wuppertal – the place that was the home and center of Pina Bausch’s creative life for more than 35 years.


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After discovering his love for cinema in Paris, he attended film school in Munich from 1967-1970. Also active as a photographer and writer, he has made more than 50 films since 1971 all over the world. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY (1971), ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), IN THE COURSE OF TIME (1976), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), HAMMETT (1982), THE STATE OF THINGS (1982), PARIS, TEXAS (1984), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991), FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! (1993), LISBON STORY (1994), THE END OF VIOLENCE (1997), BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1998), THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000), THE SOUL OF A MAN (2003), LAND OF PLENTY (2004), DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005), PALERMO SHOOTING (2008), PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2013), THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014), and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015).
Genre Dance
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Wim Wenders
Cinematography Jörg Widmer, Hélène Louvart
Toni Froschhammer
Thom Hanreich
Peter Pabst
Cast Ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Producers Gian-Piero Ringel, Wim Wenders
Co-Producers Claudie Ossard, Chris Bolzli
Production Company Neue Road Movies/Berlin, in co-production with Eurowide Film Production/Paris, ZDF, ARTE, ZDFtheaterkanal/Mainz, 3sat/Mainz
Length 103 min
Format 3D DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and others
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2011 (Out of Competition), Hong Kong 2011, Istanbul 2011, Shanghai 2011, Karlovy Vary 2011, Moscow 2011, Haugesund 2011, Toronto 2011, Telluride 2011, San Sebastian 2011, New York 2011, Tokyo 2011, Abu Dhabi 2011, Hamptons 2011, Montreal Nouveau Cinéma 2011, Busan 2011, Jihlava 2011, Rome 2011, Philadelphia 2011, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2011, Copenhagen 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Goa 2011, Palm Springs 2012, Guadalajara 2012, Sofia 2012, Sheffield Doc Fest 2013, Camerimage 2013, Créteil 2014, Guadalajara 2014, Sheffield 2014, Sofia 2016, Zurich 2018, Kolkata 2019
Awards German Film Award 2011 (Best Documentary), German Documentary Award 2011, Hag Award - Pleasure Moments Rome 2011, Politiken’s Audience Award Copenhagen 2011, Best 3D Documentary Camerimage 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, CNC
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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