Rights Holder for Belarus
Mark Wolf, Tom Hurwitz
Magnolia Mae Films, Baby Cow Films, BBC Films
Party animal, bad boy, ballet genius, iconoclast: blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 22, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom. Polunin is dancing again today. But now, he wants to transform ballet, “a dying art form”, on its head. From archival footage of his childhood to in depth interviews by his family, friends and detractors, DANCER offers a uniquely personal portrait of a most singular dancer.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television and a founder of New York City based Stick Figure Productions. In 1994, he received an Academy Award nomination for his first documentary BLOOD TIES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF SALLY MANN. In 2004, he won an Emmy award for his PBS AMERICAN MASTERS film WILLIE NELSON: STILL IS STILL MOVING. Cantor’s other notable works include the films WHAT REMAINS (2005), loudQUIETloud (2006), I AM AN ANIMAL (2007), REPORTER (2009).