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Ballroom Dancer, Dirs Christian Bonke, Andreas Koefoed, 2011

Ballroom Dancer

18 Jan 201331 Jan 2013

Dramatically photographed by co-director Koefoed, this moving documentary charts ex-World Latin American Dance Champion Vyaches Kryklyvyy’s attempt to rebuild his career following injury, depression and memory loss.

Having also lost his winning partner and lover, Joanna Leunis, the fiery Ukrainian attempts to recreate the magic with her replacement, Anna Melkinova, who struggles to cope with his mood swings and demanding dance routines. A sense of tragedy somehow dogs them both, although this is wisely never overplayed by the film’s young directors. Ultimately, however, what hallmarks this truly exciting film is the dramatic persona of Kryklyvyy himself, all chiselled features and smouldering gaze – plus of course his breathtaking performances on the dance floor, even when he is pushing the plainly inexperienced Melkinova beyond her endurance and capabilities. An unexpected gem, even for those with two left feet.

Dirs Christian Bonke, Andreas Koefoed, Denmark/USA/UK/Ukraine/Russia/Hong Kong/Japan/Germany 2011. Cert tbc.

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