Maja Friis, Denmark, 2012

50 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

"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.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Ballerina
Danish title Ballerina
Keywords Ballet, Dancers, Rosen, Elsa Marianne von, Denmark
Director Maja Friis
Screenplay Maja Friis
Producer Mille Haynes
Director of Photography Brian Curt Petersen
Editor Maja Friis
Sound Lars Halvorsen
Composer Martin Juel Dirkov
Appearance Elsa Marianne von Rosen, Ana Sendas, Jonathan D. Sikell, Stefanos Bizas
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Friishaynes ApS
Danish festival release 11.11.2012, Dagmar, CPH:DOX
TV release 14.11.2012, DR K
Danish theatrical release 07.03.2013
Cinemas Gloria, Øst for Paradis (Århus) samt 09.03.13 Biffen Art Cinema, Aalborg, 14.03.13 Café Biografen, Odense
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Production company Friishaynes ApS
With support from Filmværkstedet / DFI, SVT, DR
Domestic distribution Friishaynes ApS


Direction Maja Friis


Screenplay Maja Friis
Voice over manuscript Maja Friis
Voice over manuscript Mille Haynes
Voice over manuscript Josefine Klougart


Producer Mille Haynes


Cinematographer Brian Curt Petersen
Photographer: poster Brian Curt Petersen


Still photographer Brian Curt Petersen
Still photographer Matilda Mester


Editor Maja Friis


Composer Martin Juel Dirkov


Sound designer Lars Halvorsen


Voice Stina Ekblad

Visual effects

Poster artwork Kasper Friis


Choreographer Maja Friis


Appearance Elsa Marianne von Rosen
Appearance Ana Sendas
Appearance Jonathan D. Sikell
Appearance Stefanos Bizas

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2013-03-08
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2013-03-07
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2013-03-07
Anmeldelse Information Anne Middelboe Christensen 2012-11-08
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2012-11-08
Varia Berlingske Tidende Vibeke Wern 2009-04-20
Varia Politiken-Fonden Ebbe Moerk 2009-04-20
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