Horizons

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Switzerland | 2015 | 70 minutes | Eileen Hofer

An observational documentary showcasing the discipline and dedication of three generations of Cuban ballerinas, including Alicia Alonso, the 93-year-old founder of the National Ballet of Cuba who refused to give up her work even after losing most of her eyesight.

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This Swiss-Cuban documentary opens with haunting archival footage of young prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso receiving a standing ovation after performing her signature role, Giselle. Segueing into a breathtaking montage of Alonso, National Ballet of Cuba principal dancer Viengsay Valdes, and teenage ballet student Amanda De Jesus Perez Duarte each performing a pirouette (or in the case of the young upstart, valiantly trying), Horizons is a stirring, lyrical portrait of the lives of three Cuban women each wholly dedicated to the art of ballet. Only the second documentary from Swiss writer/director Eileen Hofer, this finely drawn labor of love is a poetic, intergenerational glimpse into the life of a living legend, now 94, as she surrounds herself with memories of an unparalleled career; of an acclaimed prima ballerina in the prime of her life, yet growing keenly aware of the fragility of her body; and of a young novice struggling to rise through the ranks while searching for her own voice.

Director Biography

Eileen Hofer is an internationally renowned Swiss director, producer, and screenwriter. Her films have been screened at festivals around the world including those of Dubai, Locarno, and Warsaw, at which they were nominated for several awards.

  • Original Language Title: Horizontes
  • Director: Eileen Hofer
  • Principal Cast: Alicia Alonso, Viengsay Valdés, Amanda de Jesús Pérez Duarte
  • Country: Switzerland, Cuba
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Producer: Aline Schmid
  • Screenplay: Eileen Hofer
  • Cinematographers: Grégory Bindschedler
  • Editors: Damian Plandolit, Valentin Rotelli
  • Music: Julien Painot, Ladislav Agabekov, Heidi Happy
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Visions du Réel 2015 (Special Jury Mention, Prix du Jury SSA)
  • Filmography: He Was A Giant With Brown Eyes (doc, 2012)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Taskovski Films