Updated 3/16/12
“Pina” was featured on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”–click on the link here to listen to Neal Conan’s interview with director Wim Wenders.

“Pina,” a 3-D international film tribute to German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009, was nominated for an Academy Award. The production by Wim Wenders was nominated under the best documentary feature category and chronicles the work of Baush and her ensemble, Tanztheater Wuppertal. The actual ensemble members play themselves onscreen as well, which is pretty stinkin’ cool. (Internet Movie Database has more for movie buffs here.)

The Los Angeles times called the film “a knockout.” If you’re interested in reading more about the particulars of “Pina,” head over to the LA Times review here. It’s definitely worth a read, especially for anyone not familiar with either the movie or the choreographer.

More than dancers are talking about the production, it seems. After the blown-out-of-the-water effect of films like “Avatar” in recent years, “Pina” seems poised (get it? Like a dancer, poised?) to take 3-D in a new direction. Wenders has been quoted in several places talking about the dynamism that the medium offers for documentaries.

Predictions about trends in film making aside, though, it’s becoming apparent that if “Pina” is playing in a theater near you, go see it. Now. Otherwise, catch the trailer below.

The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Information about debute dates for “Pina” is available at the movie’s homepage here.

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