Becoming Giulia

The return of a young mother to work four months following the birth of her child is an entirely different scenario when the woman in question is Giulia Tonelli, the prima ballerina at the Zurich Opera. Director Kaehr, a dancer herself, takes us into the backstage world of professional ballet, where Giulia balances the physical and mental rigors of her art with the demands of motherhood. Key to her desire to move on from ingénue roles is her new collaboration with British choreographer Cathy Marston, renowned for her creation of strong female roles. Revealing rehearsal sequences plus on-stage performances of ballets including The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, plus a glimpse of adventurous new works by Marston will delight any dance aficionado.  Winner of the Audience Award, Zurich Film Festival. In German, English, French and Italian with English subtitles.

“Showcases with formal elegance and empathy the ups and downs of an artist trying to give a meaning to a life of daily sacrifice, a life lived at a hundred miles per hour…”—Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

 “Offers a sensitive portrait of an artist at the top of her craft, moving from rehearsals to opening nights to everyday life in the home.”–Christopher Vourlias, Variety

Year: 2022

Runtime: 100 minutes

Language: German, English, French and Italian with English subtitles.

Country: Switzerland

Genre: Documentary

Director: Laura Kaehr