Eileen Hofer | Documentary

2015 | 70 minutes | Cuba, Switzerland

Alicia Alonso’s splendor still radiates throughout the world of ballet today. A star so brilliant, she has captivated audiences worldwide. Even now at the age of ninety, she continues to encourage the dreams of young dancers who seek to follow in her footsteps.


Alicia Alonso’s splendor still radiates throughout the world of ballet today. A star so brilliant, she has captivated audiences worldwide. Even now at the age of ninety, she continues to encourage the dreams of young dancers who seek to follow her footsteps.

Amanda, a young and aspiring ballet dancer, has dedicated all her efforts into preparing for her exam, the first step towards being accepted into Alicia Alonso’s ballet company.

Viengsay is one of four celebrated dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba. She has already achieved the status young Amanda dreams of one day attaining, and day after day she continues to evolve under the watchful eye of Alicia Alonso, the legendary ballerina in whose shadows she now has to find her own rightful place.

Between Amanda’s aspirations and Viengsay’s relentless perseverance, the character of Alicia Alonso gradually comes to light: her fragile appearance being rapidly overshadowed by her youthful mindset and passion.

The achievements of the Prima Ballerina Assoluta resonate in the dance steps of her younger compatriots, enabling them to envisage the horizons they themselves can one day strive for.

Main credits

Hofer, Eileen (film director)
Hofer, Eileen (film producer)
Alonso, Alicia (on-screen participant)
Schmid, Aline (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Grégory Bindschedler; editor, Damian Plandolit, Valentin Rotelli; music, Julien Painot, Ladislav Agabekov.

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Visions du Reel - Special Jury Mention
Raindance Film Festival - Best Documentary Competition
Locarno Film Festival
AFI Latin-American Film Festival
Montréal Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Eileen Hofer

NATIONALITY: Cuba, Switzerland

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English; French

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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