Wim Wenders with dancers Damiano Ottavio Bigi and Christiana Morganti at the Festa del Cinema in Roma in 2011
Wim Wenders' tribute to the late choreographer Pina Bausch has been described as the best use of 3D technology in film to date, and it's easy to see why.
His Academy Award nominated documentary, Pina, takes the audience on a stunning journey that follows dancers from Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal as they break out of the dance studio and turn the town of Wuppertal into a playground. Some of the shots are just gorgeous, with dancers twirling on crisp green hillsides or in front of Wuppertal's charming suspended monorail (this monorail could've been given a supporting actor nomination, it was that much fun). Meanwhile, Wenders' gliding camera work puts the viewer right into the face of the performers, offering a striking experience of Bausch's work that she likely would never have imagined possible. Add to that a pretty amazing soundtrack, and I can't believe you're not buying tickets already.
The Downtown Independent will be playing Pina 3D through next Thursday, March 15.