Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's largest ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable.
Bess Kargman's award-winning, box office hit documentary, First Position, follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.
A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow.
First Position had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Doc Fest and the audience award for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival, the Portland International Film Festival and at DOC NYC.
"Mesmerizing." People Magazine
"MARVELOUS. BREATHTAKING... A REAL-LIFE BILLY ELLIOT. So profound as to be unfathomable." The Wallstreet Journal
"Exhilarating... This supremely feel-good film, not just a treat for balletomanes, benefits from the wondrously talented, likeable hopefuls (from the U.S., Colombia, Israel) and their supportive families." Film Journal International
Following the film screening there will be a discussion with the dancers Yiannis Nikolaidis and Michael Doolan.
With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens.
The film will be screened on Sunday 31st January at Danaos Cinema.