Maja Friis (DK, 2012)

Ballerina (Maja Friis, DK, 2012)
Brian Curt Petersen

"Nothing will ever come between me and the dance." Those are the words of 9-year-old Elsa Marianne after a night at the theatre. This is where the magic starts ¿ and so does her fascinating story of a long, passionate and uncompromising life with ballet. Ballerina is a poetic dance documentary inspired by the life and career of world famous Swedish prima ballerina Elsa Marianne von Rosen - a life of magic, hardship, love and not least an unyielding urge to follow your dreams and your heart. No matter the price. Through new choreographed dance scenes with three professional contemporary dancers, a unique archival material with von Rosen (both still and video), a narrative inspired by her own autobiography "Inte bara en dans på Rosor" and brand new recordings with the now 90 year-old dance legend, the film gives us a poetic peek into von Rosen¿s deeply passionate relationship to dancing - a passion that gave her life itself, but also almost took it away from her.

CategoryDK/Documentary - Portrait films
KeywordsBallet / Dancers / Denmark

Basic information

Danish titleBallerina
DirectorMaja Friis
ScreenplayMaja Friis
ProducerMille Haynes
Director of PhotographyBrian Curt Petersen
EditorMaja Friis
Danish festival release2012-11-11
TV release2012-11-14
Danish theatrical release07.03.2013
Production countryDenmark
Duration50 min.
Production companyFriishaynes ApS
With support from Filmværkstedet / DFI, SVT, DR
Domestic distribution Friishaynes ApS
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Full credits

Maja FriisDirection
Maja FriisScreenplay
Maja FriisVoice over manuscript
Mille HaynesVoice over manuscript
Josefine KlougartVoice over manuscript
Mille HaynesProducer
Brian Curt PetersenCinematographer
Brian Curt PetersenPoster photographer
Brian Curt PetersenStill photographer
Matilda MesterStill photographer
Maja FriisEditor
Lars HalvorsenSound design
Visual effects
Kasper FriisPoster artwork
Maja FriisChoreographer
Ana SendasAppearance
Jonathan D. SikellAppearance
Stefanos BizasAppearance
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Reviews and articles

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Green Jensen, 8 March 2013)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Sommer Boysen, 7 March 2013)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 7 March 2013)

Anmeldelse (Information - Middelboe Christensen, 8 November 2012)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 8 November 2012)

Varia (Berlingske Tidende - Wern, 20 April 2009)

Varia (Politiken - Mørk, 20 April 2009)

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