Bolshoi Babylon (PG)

Bolshoi babylon

From the archive

This film was last shown on 14 January 2016

Journey into the heart of Russia's world-famous cultural institution, the Bolshoi ballet. A searing look at the politics and headlines of 2013, when ballet director Sergei Filin was attacked with acid by a former dancer. The aftermath of the attack, and the effect on the company, is exposed in a fascinating film that uses the Bolshoi as a symbol of Russian society as a whole.  

Sunday 10 January sees a very special satellite Q&A with Bolshoi principle dancer Anastasia Meskova, the filmmakers, plus bestselling historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and other special guests.

From the two-time Academy Award-winning Producer of MAN ON WIRE and SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, BOLSHOI BABYLON gives a voice to artists and company members on irreverent and candid terms. With unparalleled behind the scenes access, BOLSHOI BABYLON provides a unique and privileged insight into the dancers’ extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world’s most famous ballet company.


Mark Franchetti, Nick Read
96 mins


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