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Directed by Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj

France 2016 108 mins. In French, Russian

Bursting with dazzling dance sequences, this arresting tale of self-discovery charts a young woman’s journey to find her place in the world and her own artistic voice. Growing up in Russia, Polina studies classical ballet with one goal: to make it into the corps of the Bolshoi. But when she at last achieves her dream, the headstrong Polina chooses instead to travel to France to train in modern dance. It’s the beginning of an odyssey that will open up new creative horizons while forcing her to rely only on herself. Juliette Binoche co-stars in this refreshingly real look at what it means to risk everything for a dream. Ages 13+. In Russian and French with English subtitles.

Filmography: Le Monde de Fred (2014)

Reviews: New York Times, Chicago Reader, Los Angeles Times

Interviews: New York Times



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