Dance on Film
This week first-time filmmaker Lukas Dhont explores a teen’s desperation to succeed as a ballet dancer while at the same time negotiating a gender transition in the beautifully shot and deeply sensitive ‘Girl’ - now in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema. This curated selection of films lays bare the exhaustive preparation that goes into making it as a ballet dancer, in 'First Position' following 6 aspiring young dancers and 'Bolshoi Babylon' a slickly produced documentary that gets behind the intrigue and controversy of Russia's national institution. Wim Winders offers up an immersive, Oscar-nominated tribute to modern dance in ‘Pina’, and Gaspar Noe directs surely the most exhilarating dance sequence on film in ‘Climax’. Meanwhile veteran actor Ralph Fiennes is behind the camera for the third time for ‘The White Crow’, the powerful new biopic about the greatest ballet dancer of the 20th century, Rudolph Nureyev, previewing now in our cinemas.