Pina

The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this exuberant tribute by Wim Wenders. A long-planned film collaboration between the director and the choreographer was in preproduction when Bausch died in 2009. Two years later, Wenders decided to go ahead with the project, reconceiving it as an homage to his late friend. The result, shot in stunning 3D, is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch’s art, enacted by a group of staggeringly talented dancers from her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Pina is an adventurous work of cinema that highlights the bold legacy of one of the world’s true creative visionaries.

Film Info

  • Wim Wenders
  • Germany
  • 2011
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • German, English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Slovene
  • Spine #644

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack presented on the two-disc Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D special edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • The Making of “Pina”
  • Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wenders
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Interview with Wenders
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; reprinted pieces by Wenders and Pina Bausch; a guide to the dances featured in the film; and portraits of the dancers

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack presented on the two-disc Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D special edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • The Making of “Pina”
  • Deleted scenes, with commentary by Wenders
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Interview with Wenders
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; reprinted pieces by Wenders and Pina Bausch; a guide to the dances featured in the film; and portraits of the dancers

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Pina
Cast
Regina Advento
Dancers
Malou Airaudo
Ruth Amarante
Jorge Puerta Armenta
Pina Bausch
Rainer Behr
Andrey Berezin
Damiano Ottavio Bigi
Aleš Cucek
Clémentine Deluy
Josephine Ann Endicott
Lutz Förster
Pablo Aran Gimeno
Mechthild Grossmann
Silvia Farias Heredia
Barbara Kaufmann
Nayoung Kim
Daphnis Kokkinos
Ed Kortlandt
Eddie Martinez
Dominique Mercy
Thusnelda Mercy
Ditta Miranda Jasjfi
Cristiana Morganti
Morena Nascimento
Nazareth Panadero
Helena Pikon
Fabien Prioville
Jean-Laurent Sasportes
Franko Schmidt
Azusa Seyama
Julie Shanahan
Julie Anne Stanzak
Michael Strecker
Fernando Suels Mendoza
Aida Vainieri
Anna Wehsarg
Tsai-Chin Yu
Alexeider Abad Gonzales
Guest dancers from <i>Le sacre du printemps</i>
Stephan Brinkmann
Meritxell Checa Esteban
Rudolf Giglberger
Chrystel Wu Guillebeaud
Paul Hess
Mu-Yi Kuo
Szu-Wei Wu
Tomoko Yamashita
Sergey Zhukov
Andy Zondag
Credits
Choreographies
Pina Bausch
Director
Wim Wenders
Written and produced by
Wim Wenders
Producer
Gian-Piero Ringel
Executive producer
Jeremy Thomas
Coproducers
Claudie Ossard
Coproducers
Chris Bolzli
Associate producers
Heiner Bastian
Associate producers
Stefan Rüll
Associate producers
Stephan Mallmann
Associate producers
Dr. Mohammad Zahoor
Commissioning editors
Wolfgang Bergmann
Commissioning editors
Gabriele Heuser
Commissioning editors
Dieter Schneider
3D producer
Erwin M. Schmidt
Line producers
Peter Hermann
Line producers
Helen Olive
Director of stereography
Alain Derobe
Directors of photography
Hélène Louvart
Directors of photography
Jörg Widmer
Artistic consultants
Dominique Mercy
Artistic consultants
Robert Sturm
Art director
Peter Pabst
Set design
Peter Pabst
Set design
Rolf Borzik
Costume design
Marion Cito
Costume design
Rolf Borzik
3D supervisor
François Garnier
Editor
Toni Froschhammer
Film score
Thom Hanreich
Musical directors
Matthias Burkert
Musical directors
Andreas Eisenschneider
Music supervisors
Milena Fessmann
Music supervisors
Beckmann
Sound recordist
André Rigaut
Rerecording mixer
Matthias Lempert
Still photographer
Donata Wenders

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