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FILM OPENS: September 15, 2017

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Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski, Polina is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj. Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can't seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work - and a new life.

  • Director: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
  • Country: France
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2016
  • Run Time: 01:49:00
  • imdb Score: 7.0/10 (247 votes)
  • Language: French | Russian
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Juliette Binoche
"The creative process is always an elusive thing for filmmakers to capture, but amid all the startling visuals and the splendid acting, POLINA rises, gloriously, to the challenge."
John Anderson - WALL STREET JOURNAL

"The most important thing POLINA does—and it is testament, again, to the involvement of Preljocaj, a man who has devoted his life to dance—is that it shows that the everyday life of an artist is not made up of catharsis and accomplishment, triumphs and breakthroughs. Those moments only come after years of hard work, of failing and trying again."
Sheila O'Malley - ROGEREBERT.COM

"If this film's directors, Valérie Müller and the French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, don't offer much overt material on POLINA's inner life, it's because they don't have to: the point of POLINA, and this movie, is that her dancing is her being."
Glenn Kenny - NEW YORK TIMES

"As Polina, Shevstova delivers a performance that feels wonderfully unforced, if that’s the right word, in a role that can only be called “driven.” There’s almost an emptiness about her character. POLINA’s expression of self is all on the surface — at least initially."
Michael O'Sullivan - WASHINGTON POST

FESTIVALS

Festival du Film Français au Japon 2017

Pantalla Pinamar Festival 2017

Venice Film Festival 2016