BOBBI JENE (2017) [Feature]

Sweden,Denmark (MIFF 2017 , Documentaries)
Director: Elvira Lind

A triple award winner at the Tribeca Film Festival – including Best Documentary – Bobbi Jene offers a candid vignette of renowned Batsheva dancer Bobbi Jene Smith in flux between two lives, and two loves.

In 2005, American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith followed venerated choreographer Ohad Naharin to Tel Aviv and became a star of his world-famous Batsheva Dance Company. A decade later and pushing 30, she faces a personal and professional crossroads: leaving behind her passionate new love with fellow company member Or Schraiber – ten years her junior – she heads home in order to branch out on her own, kickstarting her solo career with a deeply personal, provocative choreography bound to get viewers talking!

With remarkable intimacy and emotional depth, director Elvira Lind charts the journey of a woman finding her place in the world, and the sacrifices she has to make to realise her ambitions. As Smith navigates the life-altering challenges of maintaining a relationship across international borders, reconnecting with her conservative family and starting again from scratch in an intensely competitive field – her incredible choreography pulls no punches just to break down doors – Lind is there with her camera, capturing it all with naked honesty; in addition to wining Tribeca’s top Documentary prize, she also took home the festival’s Best Cinematography award.

'Remarkable … a treatise on art, ambition, long-distance relationships and the struggles to find one’s own voice, the film unfolds with uncommon grace.' – Screen Daily

Contains graphic sexual imagery

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