Chicago premiere! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction 2018

Bobbi Jene

2017, Elvira Lind, Denmark/Sweden/Israel, 95 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 6th 6:30pm
  • Tue, Jan 9th 8:15pm

“Unfolds with uncommon grace… anyone with a passing passion for the arts should be hooked.” — Tom Grierson, Screen Daily

“Beguiling, often heart-breaking to witness… it’s the artist’s thrilling dedication to her craft that offers the most sublime state of grace.” — Ally Johnson, The Playlist

This profile of dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, a star of Israel’s avant-garde Batsheva Dance Company, catches the thirty-year-old performer at a critical turning point in her personal life and career. After a decade in Israel, the Iowa-bred former Juilliard student, protégé of choreographer Ohad “Mr. Gaga” Naharin, makes the hard decision to return home to pursue a solo career. Director Lind traces the steps as Bobbi Jene juggles her long-distance relationship with a younger dancer and ruefully regards the ticking of her biological clock. Reinventing herself in New York with a dangerously provocative, physically demanding piece challenges her conservative Christian family and may risk her future with her lover. Note: Includes nudity and sexually explicit content. In English. DCP digital. (BS)

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