When fans of the football club of Beitar Jerusalem make their way to Teddy Stadium, they hardly ever notice Nadia as she enters and makes her way to a classical ballet studio beneath the bleachers. The ceiling trembles, the cheering fills the room, but the studio remains isolated from Jerusalem’s reality. A decade ago Nadia and her mother, Nina Timofeyeva, a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi Ballet, left Moscow for Jerusalem and set up the studio. It was a professional suicide. Ballet and football make for a surrealistic combination.


Underground Ballet

Israel 2019| 53'| Mid-Length documentary - New Release

Written & Directed by: Lina Chaplin
Script: Lina Chaplin and Bracha Zisman Cohen
Edited by: Bracha Zisman Cohen
Produced by: Daniela Reiss Razon
Cinematography: Itzik Portal
Music: A. Glaznov, Ludwig Minkus, Adolf Adam, Tomazo Albinoni, dmitri shostakovich, A. Krane, Claude Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Boris Asspaiev,Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Cezar Antonowicz Cui, Giuseppe Verdi, Edvard Grieg, Phillip Glass, Alfred Snitke, Bock Jerry, Kirill Molchanov
With the support of: Hot 8, the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Tel Aviv
Language: Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles

Synopsis


When fans of the football club of Beitar Jerusalem make their way to Teddy Stadium, they hardly ever notice Nadia as she enters and makes her way to a classical ballet studio beneath the bleachers. The ceiling trembles, the cheering fills the room, but the studio remains isolated from Jerusalem’s reality. A decade ago Nadia and her mother, Nina Timofeyeva, a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi Ballet, left Moscow for Jerusalem and set up the studio. It was a professional suicide. Ballet and football make for a surrealistic combination.


Awards

  • The Rozalia Katz Award for Best Israeli Documentary Film, Haifa IFF 2019

Festivals

  • Berlinale 2020 - Market Premiere
  • Haifa International Film Festival, 2019

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Festivals

  • Berlinale 2020 - Market Premiere
  • Haifa International Film Festival, 2019

Awards

  • The Rozalia Katz Award for Best Israeli Documentary Film, Haifa IFF 2019