Dansaren (The Dancer). 1994. Sweden. Written and directed by Donya Feuer. In Swedish and English; English subtitles. 90 min.
With Katja Björner, Natalia Makarova, Erland Josephson, Anneli Alhanko, Niklas Ek. Donya Feuer followed ballerina Katja Björner over five years, from her intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School to international prominence. This award-winning feature is the culmination of Feuer’s decades-long experimentation with filming dance through close up and montage—an intense scrutiny of the body in motion—and her sustained meditation on the drama of a dancer’s commitment to her art. Courtesy First Run Features