United Kingdom / Ukraine / United States / Russia 2016, 85 min, English, Russian and Ukrainian, Hebrew & English subtitles

On stage, he looked like an airborne lion; a rare combination of awesome power and rare lightness made Sergei Polunin a compulsively watchable star dancer. At 25, he is at the edge of an unconventional path, trying to decide whether to leave the stage, or to remain enslaved by the body’s deep desire to dance. At 19, the Ukrainian-born Polunin became the British Royal Ballet’s youngest-ever principal dancer, whose performances were sold out two years in advance. The film reveals him as a complex young man in emotional turmoil, as his complicated family relationships, incessant rebellious urge, and rambunctious character, rock his career. The film meets him in raw moments of honesty and contemplation. Combines riveting dance sequences, including a special scene directed by David LaChapelle.

Previous Festivals:

BFI London


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  • Dancer - A screening with Sergei Polunin in person
    Thu 11.05 20:30 Cinemateque 3
  • Sat 13.05 10:00 Cinemateque 3
  • Wed 17.05 19:45 Cinemateque 3
Director: Steve Cantor
Production: Gabrielle Tana
Production Company: Magnolia Mae
Editing: Federico Rosenzvit
Cinematography: Mark Wolf & Tom Hurwitz
Music: Ilan Eshkeri
World Sales: Eve Schoukroun - West End Films (eve@westendfilms.com)


STEVEN CANTOR (Director/Producer) is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the founder of New York City based Stick Figure Productions.
In 1994, Steven received an Academy Award nomination for his first documentary, Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, about the controversial photographer. In 2003, he received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO/Channel 4 UK documentary Devil’s Playground, about the rebellious tendencies of Amish youth. In 2004, he won an Emmy award for his film Willie Nelson: Still Is Still Moving, part of the 2003 PBS American Masters series. In 2005 he was nominated for two Emmy Awards, including Best Documentary, for the HBO/BBC co-production of What Remains, which revisited Sally Mann to follow the creation of her latest body of work on the nature of decay. In 2007, he was nominated for two more Emmy Awards for I Am An Animal, a widely acclaimed HBO documentary about Ingrid Newkirk and her PETA organization, which also won Best Film at the Hampton’s Film Festival. In 2009, Steven received two more Emmy nominations, including one for Best Documentary, for the HBO film Reporter; a Film with Nicholas Kristof, which followed the courageous and influential New York Times columnist to the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of a story.
In 2006, Steven produced and directed loudQUIETloud, about the reunion of the rock band, Pixies, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and won numerous awards on the festival circuit before airing on The Sundance Channel. In 2011, It was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the ten best rock documentaries of all-time.
Steven has directed commercials for such clients as General Electric, IBM, Camus Coffee, Porsche, NFL/United Way, NHL, Dasani, and David Barton Gym.