The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

The Heart Dances

New Zealand | 2018 | 98 min
Producer: Robin Laing
Director: Rebecca Tansley


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Canadian Premiere - In attendance of the director Rebecca Tansley.

This documentary by Rebecca Tansley tells the story of the creation of a ballet adaptation of the well-known film The Piano. Reimagined by Czech dancers Jirí and Otto Bubenicek for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, this creative journey ventures into uncharted territory. Shot in New Zealand, this documentary explores the creative process and the complex question of the role of the artist in dealing with historically and culturally significant works.

Naples International Film Festival, Italy (2019) – Winner Focus on the Arts Award


Rebecca Tansley

Rebecca is an independent filmmaker who draws on a long career in storytelling to create compelling factual and factual-based films. Her first documentary feature Crossing Rachmaninoff demonstrated her ability to create compelling, emotionally engaging arts-based stories that transcend their subject matter. It premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals around the world. In this new film Rebecca has shifted her focus from individual endeavour (“an intimate portrait of a young musician scaling the heights”) to a collective creative endeavour. In a fusion of music and movement, The Heart Dances charts the challenges of collaboration, of personal achievement and cross-cultural understanding to provide a unique insight into the creative process. Rebecca’s first short film eden (2009), which she directed, produced and wrote, was selected for the New Zealand International Film Festival and screened in festivals in Africa and Australia. She has also written drama for television. In addition to her film work Rebecca is a journalist and an internationally published author of non-fiction work. Her background includes roles with international television producer NHNZ and extensive experience in publishing.

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