- 1 hr 46 min
Pina is a German-language film shot in 3D about the art of dancing, directed by Wim Wenders. It is a dramatic staging of some of the best pieces of the famous German dancer and choreographer, Phillipina "Pina" Bausch. During the filming of this film, unfortunately, Pina Bausch died, and Wenders cancelled production. It took the theatre troupe to come together and convince Wenders to finish the project to honor Pina's memory and life's work. At the beginning and end of the film, Wenders dedicates the project to Pina's memory. Interspersed with interviews with various dancers who worked with and studied under Pina are three dimensional performances acted out by the troupe of the Tanztheatre Wupperthal (Wupperthal Dance Theatre) within the theatre itself as well as on the street, in the Wupperthal Rail Station and in the natural environment of the surrounding city of Wupperthal. There are four pieces in the film: "The Rite of Spring", which features male and female dancers on a stage covered in mossy peat. The second, "Cafe Muller", shot in a cafe and is based on a childhood memory of Pina's. The story concerns two women entering a cafe, one of whom is blind, two men who meet them, and the repetitive social rituals between the two groups of friends. The third piece, "Courtyard of Contact", uses a multitude of dancers from different generations in an outdoor dance, comprised by filming three different pieces involving teenagers, adults and older people. In the final segment "Full Moon", the stage is flooded, showcasing one of Pina's last completed pieces, as the audience watches from a dirt road. One of the few foreign, non-mainstream films shot for 3D, Pina is a celebration of the life and art of a remarkable dancer and the impact she left on her colleagues and students.