Unique screening of the French film Polina in San Francisco


Novel Cine and Petits Pas worked together to bring the French movie Polina to San Francisco for a unique screening followed by a conversation with Valérie Müller, the co-director. LostinSF is delighted to promote the event.


We love talking and sharing about culture in general, and movies in particular. And we dedinitely love this kind of initiative taken by Novel and Petits Pas, the yoga and dance studio founded by Virginie in San Francisco.


A few months ago, we had met Sandrine (the Novel Cine's founder) when she had organized the showing of Swagger in San Francisco with his director, Olivier Babinet'a attendance. That was a great success and a great moment. If you have a chance, we still definitely recommend Swagger.

> Swagger the movie by French director Olivier Babinet


Certain French movies would totally deserve to be distributed in the US, or when they happen to be, to get more visibility and be programed in more theaters for a longer time. So Novel Cine & Petits Pas worked together to give us a second chance to watch and discover Polina with Valérie Müller, the movie's co-director, attending and sharing some time with the audience at the end of the screening.


Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj based the screenplay on the comic book, Polina, by Bastien Vivès, that was released in 2012.


As soon as the movie starts, we feel like carried away by the photos, the music, the characters and of course, the choreographies that punctuate this modern initiation tale.


And it really does not matter when sometimes, the story seems to dodge reality or follows some expected path. In fact, what really matters and makes the film so moving and touching, is Polina's personal journey, that she pursues whatever happens, in spite of the mistakes, the misundertandings, the accidents, the questions.



Juliette Binoche's contribution to the movie is precious. Her natural grace is stunning and contrasts with her tough professional speech and advice, straight ot the point, irrevocable.


Jérémie Belingard accompanies Polina in a final duo, whose grace, sensuality, emotions are so powerful that you should remember it for a long time. The concerto that was chosen for this choreography is nothing but overwhelming. You want it to last forever to remain in this great state, mixing awe and emotions.



For Polina, dancers in real life had to learn to be actors, while actors in real life, practiced and practiced to be able to perform themselves dance scenes for the movie. This effort and shift contribute to the charm and appeal of the story.


One last thing... just an advice... when you will watch Polina going back to Bojinski... take a better look at the photos, hanging on the wall behind him. 





@ Clay Theater

Monday, November 13, 2017

Courtesy of Oscilloscope 

For more event details and tickets , click here.