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Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, 2006/12/14 - Ballets Russes follows the US-based reincarnation of the original, immensely influential ballet company.
Independent filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller bring to the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) their 5-year labour of love, Ballets Russes, which follows the US-based reincarnation of the original, immensely influential ballet company.
The film, “a captivating film that truly elevates the spirit,” according to the Los Angeles Times, opened to rave reviews at the Sundance film festival, and has since captured international audiences with is stunning archival footage and interviews with the surviving original members, now in their 80’s and 90’s. They are dynamic, articulate and more energetic than people half their ages.
During the five years of the film’s production, some of the interviewees passed away, leaving behind this remarkable, respectful and loving record of their long, fulfilling lives in the arts. The film is a joy not only for ballet lovers, but for anyone.
In 2004, a new festival joined the ranks of the world’s international film festivals. Using the powerful medium of film to serve as a platform for inter-cultural dialogue and an instrument of global understanding, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) launched with its theme of ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.’
Going into its third year, the DIFF is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organized by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.
DIFF showcases a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries, from around the world, reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan and multi-cultural character. The festival further seeks to celebrate excellence in Arab and world cinema by screening a repertoire of critically acclaimed and award winning films.