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‘Fame costs’. That old cliché is often so painfully true. Testament to this is prima ballerina Darling. How much is she willing to sacrifice for her art?

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Dir Birgitte Stærmose
Prod Peter Ålbæk Jensen, Marie Gade Dennessen
Scr Kim Fupz Aakeson
With Danica Curcic, Gustaf Skarsgård, Ulrich Thomsen
Sales TrustNordisk

Showcasing a wealth of exquisite choreography and underpinned by a fine script, this provocative drama elegantly probes the nature of creative collaboration and the passage of success. International superstar ballerina ‘Darling’ (Danica Curcic) and her husband Frans (Gustaf Skarsgård, Vikings) return to the Royal Danish Ballet company in Copenhagen where Darling is to dance the lead in Giselle. The production, choreographed by Frans, is highly anticipated by the company and the couple themselves, for whom the job is all consuming – perhaps offering the only space where they can truly thrive together. Unquestionably talented but dangerously obsessive, Darling has already pushed herself beyond her limits, and her uncompromising behaviour threatens what promised to be a highpoint in her and Frans’ professional and personal lives. Curcic’s physically and emotionally powerful performance, guided by Birgitte Stærmose’s empathetic but always precise direction, provides an exhilarating depiction of creativity and the pressures of performance.

Sarah Lutton

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Birgitte Stærmose, Director; Danica Curcic, Cast; Astrid Grarup Elbo, Cast

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