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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

ONLY WHEN I DANCE

Directed by Beadie Finzi
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 78 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ONLY WHEN I DANCE
Tears stream down young Isabela's innocent face as the slender, gazelle-like girl is told she needs to slim down even more if she wants to turn her passion into her career. Like Isabela, Irlan's strictly regimented days leave him no time to be an average teenager. Isabela and Irlan are ballet dancers. And though they have the talent, they don't look like all the others. Ballet has long been the rarified and elitist domain of the white upper class, but these two black high schoolers from Rio de Janeiro's working-class favelas are determined to succeed in this physically and emotionally demanding discipline. Director Beadie Finzi's inspiring documentary trails the dancers and their tough-love mentor from Brazil to New York on one critical, competition-fueled year in their lives.

Finzi exquisitely captures her subjects' riveting performances, layered beautifully with the signature bold colors of Rio. The teens' artistry and astounding physical prowess dominate the gracefully rendered dance sequences. Finzi moves and inspires as she carries us deep behind the façade of each dance to unveil intimate portraits of Irlan and Isabela. Equal weight is poignantly portioned to the teens' parents, full-time champions of their gifted children who gladly struggle and sacrifice to support the collective dream.
Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
Beadie Finzi has worked on documentaries since 1994. Her credits as director include the three-part documentary series Gifted and the four-part dance series The Rough Guide to Choreography. In 2002, with filmmaking partner Rupert Murray, she codirected Outsiders, about a cult lo-fi scene in the US, as well as This Was My War. In 2005, Beadie and Rupert made their first feature documentary, Unknown White Male, which made the Oscars® shortlist in 2006. Beadie is also one of the founding directors of the Channel Four British Documentary Film Foundation and the festival director for BRITDOC. Only When I Dance was a selection of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2008
  • Length:
    78 minutes
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
  • Director:
    Beadie Finzi
  • Producers:
    Nikki Parrott, Giorgia Lo Savio
  • Co-Producer:
    Christina Daniels
  • Line Producer:
    Nikki Weston

Contacts
  • Main Contact
    Atessa Hoomani
    Tigerlilly Films
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Office 2CO4 Rich Mix London, E1 6LA
    Phone: + 44 207 729 9845
    atessa@tigerlilyfilms.com
  • Print Source
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road London, E1 6LA Phone: + 44 2 077 299 845
    atessa@tigerlilyfilms.com
  • Producer
    Giorgia Lo Savio
    c/o Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road London, E1 6LA
    Phone: 0207 7299845
    giorgia@gotadsl.co.uk
  • Director
    Beadie Finzi
    The British Documentary Film Foundation
    beadie@britdoc.org
  • Main Contact
    Nikki Parrott
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Office 2CO4 Rich Mix London, E1 6LA
    Phone: + 44 207 729 9845
    nikki@tigerlilyfilms.com
  • Main Contact
    Atessa Hoomani
    Tigerlilly Films
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Office 2CO4 Rich Mix London, E1 6LA
    Phone: + 44 207 729 9845
    atessa@tigerlilyfilms.com
  • Print Source
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road London, E1 6LA Phone: + 44 2 077 299 845
    atessa@tigerlilyfilms.com
  • Producer
    Giorgia Lo Savio
    c/o Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road London, E1 6LA
    Phone: 0207 7299845
    giorgia@gotadsl.co.uk
  • Director
    Beadie Finzi
    The British Documentary Film Foundation
    beadie@britdoc.org
  • Main Contact
    Nikki Parrott
    Tigerlily Films Ltd.
    35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Office 2CO4 Rich Mix London, E1 6LA
    Phone: + 44 207 729 9845
    nikki@tigerlilyfilms.com

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