Film Review by Philip Concannon | 18 Apr 2011
  • Pina
Film title: Pina
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: The Tanztheater Wuppertal
Release date: 22 Apr 2011
Certificate: U

A long-held passion project of director Wim Wenders, who had planned a collaboration with renowned choreographer Pina Bausch before her untimely death in 2009, Pina is simultaneously a gorgeous tribute to Bausch, Wenders' most vital film in years, and a remarkable example of what 3D can add to the cinema experience.

Using dancers who worked with Bausch and learned their craft under her, Wenders stages four of her most acclaimed choreographies as well as giving each dancer the opportunity to honour their mentor through solo performances. The result is a film that's mesmerising to watch; an enthralling celebration of movement, energy and imagination.

Wenders captures these bodies in motion with some fluid, subtly composed camerawork, and he uses the third dimension at his disposal to create a sense of spatial awareness that draws us into each routine. This approach works particularly well in the Café Müller and Le Sacre du Printemps sequences, but nearly every scene has something wondrous to behold. Pina is one of a kind.