An unconventional dance documentary featuring the brazen and entirely nude choreography of Thierry Smits’s new dance, Anima Ardens. Aleksandr M. Vinogradov’s film follows 11 men who audition, rehearse, and perform this challenging piece exploring masculinity, power, and voyeurism. With charged performances, and so much skin on display, the proceedings could easily veer into eroticism; instead, this masterfully constructed film grapples with the complexity of artistic collaboration while deconstructing rote concepts of sexuality. 

Watch an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Aleksandr M. Vinogradov and Subjects Valentin Braun & Thierry Smits.

Director: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Producer: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, Thierry Smits, Fabien Defendini
Writer: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Cinematographer: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, Thomas Szacka-Marier, Alyx Ayn Arumpac, Jean Counet, Benjamine Wolf
Editor: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Music: Aleksandr Vasilenko, Francisco López
Language: Dutch, English, French
Country: Beligum
Year: 2020
Publicist: Scott Motisko PR
Sales Agent: Alameda Entertainment