Wim Wenders takes 3D dancing in new film "Pina"

Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:48pm EST
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - German director Wim Wenders has long ranked as among the major directors of world cinema, thanks to films such as "Paris, Texas," "Wings of Desire," "Until the End of the World" and the Oscar-nominated "Buena Vista Social Club."

Wenders always has liked pushing creative boundaries, and his new film "Pina," which captures the inventive dance routines of the late choreographer Pina Bausch, is shot in 3D -- a feat for a filmmaker known mostly for art house movies.

The documentary opens December 23 in New York and by mid-January will begin rolling out to theaters in major U.S. cities. Wenders spoke to Reuters about making the film.

Q: A 3D dance film. Did people think you were crazy?

A: (Laughs) "Yes, they didn't quite understand why I would do it."

Q: Why, then? I've read you tried and failed to make "Pina" for many years?

A: "It's true -- for 20 years Pina and I talked about it after I'd suggested it, and it became this joke between us. She'd ask me about it from time to time, and I'd just say, 'I don't know how to make it yet.' I studied all these dance films, but I still had no idea how to film dance or capture the sheer joy and freedom of Pina's work. And then I saw U2's "U2 3D" in Cannes, and it just hit me -- we had to do it in 3D. That was the only way."

Q: But Pina died very suddenly. Did you want to give up?   Continued...