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by Gretta-Garoliina Sammalniemi


A documentary about Finnish pole sports – it is about accepting own imperfections and striving for perfection on stage. The dancers are Finnish but their stories universal. Their passion for an unusual sport let them come to terms with their bodies, lifes and their sometimes difficult past.

international title: Heavy Metal Dancers
original title: Heavy Metal Dancers
country: Germany
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Gretta-Garoliina Sammalniemi
film run: 79'
cinematography by: Georg Nikolaus
film editing: Ilya Gavrilenkov, Samuli Salonen
music: Alexander Thomas Mathewson, Martin Gerke, Lukas Kout
producer: Natalie Hölzel, Sandra Hölzel
production: Elfenholz Film GmbH, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF)

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