Meet the French Movie Star Who Dances—Beautifully
We've talked about Hollywood stars who were dancers first. But what we have coming up is a French movie star who was never a dancer but happens to be a natural mover. I was knocked out by Juliette Binoche's power and vividness when she collaborated with Akram Khan in In-I at BAM in 2009. She held her own in this careening, entwining, goading duet with the world-class dancer/choreographer.
Now the glamorous star appears in Polina, a new film co-directed by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and his wife, filmmaker Valérie Müller. The story focuses on Polina, a talented young Russian dancer, played by the Mariinsky's Anastasia Shevtsova. Polina accomplishes her dream of being accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet, but she takes up with a French dancer who shows her what's missing artistically: contemporary dance. Enter Juliette Binoche, who plays a famous French choreographer—possibly a female counterpart to Preljocaj himself.
According to the press release, this is one ballet movie that's blessedly free of life-destroying competitiveness. The plot has more to do with finding oneself through a path toward creativity. Judging from the kind of searching Binoche did with Khan, I think she'll be the perfect mentor to young Polina.
The film opens on August 25. Click here for the full schedule.
Aesha Ash in Richmond, CA. PC Renee Scott via swandreamsproject.org