East Coast Premiere
Running Time: 103min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Cinema 360º
From The Red Shoes to Black Swan, ballet has inspired some of cinema’s most sumptuous dramas about the confluence of art, ambition and discipline. With Darling, Danish director Birgitte Stærmose has delivered a juicy, suspenseful and arresting contribution to this lineage.
Following a victorious tenure abroad, Darling’s titular prima ballerina returns to Copenhagen to headline a production of Giselle. Her homecoming promises to be less than graceful, however, as sundry secrets loom over the rehearsals, such as a career-threatening ailment or the Royal Danish Ballet director’s past liaisons with Darling—something Darling would not want Frans, her husband and Giselle’s choreographer, to discover.
Working from Kim Fupz Aakeson’s crackerjack story, Stærmose stages both punishing physical exertion and psychological distress with equal panache, keeping us on point right up to the final curtain call.
DARLING screens with AYITA’S DREAM
Director: Birgitte Staermose
Producer: Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Marie Gade Denessen
Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Production Company: Zentropa Entertainment3 ApS
Music: Raúl Pastor Medall, Erik Knive Skodvin
Cinematographer: Marek Wieser
Editor: Anders Albjerg Kristiansen