Feature Documentary Competition | 93 min | 2019


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About the Film


The year 2019 marks the centennial of the birth of legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. This poetic 3D documentary film profiles Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery, from his early years as a struggling dancer in post-war New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide. The film weaves together the choreographer’s philosophies and stories, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, in addition to interviews with the members of the original Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Cunningham will have its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Feature Documentary Competition
Year 2019
Length 93 min
Language English with subtitles in English and Arabic
Country Germany, France, United States

Film Credits

Director Alla Kovgan
Screenplay Alla Kovgan
Cinematography Mko Malkhasyan
Editing Alla Kovgan
Producer Alla Kovgan, Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick, Derrick Tseng
Production Company Chance Operations
Sound Design

Film Contacts

Directed by: Alla Kovgan