Gabrielle Lansner’s Dance Film ‘the birch grove’ Premieres At Cinedans In Amsterdam

“the birch grove, Trailer”

[Amsterdam, NL] – Gabrielle Lansner screened the World Premiere of her short narrative film with dance, the birch grove, at Cinedans in Amsterdam on March 14th.

Cinedans – Dance on Screen is the biggest and most diverse dance film festival in the world, and continues at the EYE FILM INSTITUTE in Amsterdam from March 11- 15, 2015. Over the course of five days this twelfth edition of Cinedans presents the best new international dance films, documentaries and interactive installations.

SYNOPSIS: Caught between love and death, two brothers wrestle with their past in a dance towards reconciliation. Inspired by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz’s novella of the same name, this poetic film explores the power of family ties. The film features an original score by composer Joel Pickard and cinematography by Brian O’Carroll, who is best known for his work on the film “Blue Caprice,” which premiered at Sundance in 2013.

As an innovative filmmaker, Lansner is interested in creating a new narrative form that does not rely primarily on language. Her work evokes story and character through a physical language that is both emotional and psychological. Through dance, wordless scenes, and a sparse narration, the film moves fluidly between reality and the interior lives of the characters.

Gabrielle Lansner is an award winning filmmaker, whose work is influenced by her background in choreography and performing. Her fourth short film, the birch grove, will be touring film festivals in 2015. She is based in New York City.

Lansner’s film, THE STRONGER, 2012, premiered at the Cannes Short Film Corner and screened at over twenty festivals, including Interfilm Berlin, Festival International du Film sur L’Art Montreal, and the Female Eye in Toronto. Garnering awards worldwide, the film received Best Artistic Director Award from the Lady Filmmakers Festival in LA, the Award of Distinction from the Open Stage Festival in Poland, and was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the Female Eye Festival and Best Cinematography at the VisionFest Festival in NYC. The film is also regularly broadcast on Swedish Public Television.

Her first short film,  DAD, 2010, won the Award of Merit for Experimental Film from the Accolade Competition. It screened at NewFilmmakers Anthology Film Archives/NY, the Baryshnikov Arts Center NY, Newport Beach Film Festival CA, and IN THE PALACE, among others.

For over 30 years, Lansner has explored artistic disciplines moving from pure dance works to dance/theater to film. She has always been interested in story and character, creating emotionally complex and layered works that delve into the heart and psyche.

Since 1997, she has been the Artistic Director of gabrielle lansner & company, a critically acclaimed dance/theater company based in New York City. The company’s work has been produced at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, HERE, River to River Festival, P.S 122, The Joyce Soho, to name a few, and has toured the US and Canada.

the birch grove- World Premiere, Film
at Cinedans, Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam
March 14th, 2015 10:30am


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