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Polina: The career path of a ballet prodigy

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- This Everybody On Deck production is currently being shot, and stars Nastya Shevtzoda, Juliette Binoche, Niels Schneider, Jérémie Belingard and Aleksei Guskov

Polina: The career path of a ballet prodigy
Actress Juliette Binoche

After having kicked off on 23 July in Aix-en-Provence, the shoot for Polina [+see also:
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, the feature debut by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and his wife, Valérie Müller, is now continuing in Paris until 15 September. According to the schedule, more shooting will then get under way from 5-22 December in Antwerp and Moscow. The cast includes young Russian dancer Nastya Shevtzoda and French megastar Juliette Binoche (winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2010, three nominations for the Golden Globes, Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 and nominated for Best Actress in 2001, Best Actress at Berlin in 1997, a César Award in 1994 and a total of nine nominations in the Best Actress category, including one in 2015 for Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
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; set to appear in theatres in the autumn in The Wait [+see also:
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by Piero Messina and currently filming for Ma loute [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont). They are joined by such names as Niels Schneider (Heartbeats, Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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; set to appear soon in Diamant noir), Jérémie Belingard (a top dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet) and Aleksei Guskov (The Concert [+see also:
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).

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Adapted by the directorial duo from Bastien Vivès’ comic book of the same name, the story immerses us in the world of ballet through the rise of Polina, a promising eight-year-old ballerina who, at the beginning of the 1990s, is accepted into the prestigious school of professor Bojinsky in Moscow; Bojinsky prepares his dancers for the Bolshoi Theatre, which the young girl joins at the age of 18, following a very intense training regime. There she will meet a French dancer who will open her eyes to love, but also a new, more contemporary, dancing technique that will completely alter the course of Polina’s life.

Produced by Didier Creste and Gaëlle Bayssière for Everybody On Deck, Polina is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and TF1 Droits Audiovisuels. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, among others, the feature will be distributed in France by UGC and is being sold internationally by TF1 International.

(Translated from French)

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