Victor Kossakovsky, Denmark, 2015

25 min.DK/Documentary

Two talented sisters Nastia (13) and Polina (7) study in the most prestigious Academy of Russian ballet after being selected from 5500 kids. Acclaimed director Victor Kossakovyks portraits the tender and trustful relationship of the sisters, who share one big dream: to become a soloist ballet dancer. They are fully devoted to their 6 hours daily training at the Academy.

A series of 6 documentary films about talented kids who are dedicated to their sport at a serious level.
Through a child's perspective, each film tells exciting, dramatic and engaging real life stories from the world of sport with all the challenges it may bring, looking at the kid's relationships and issues like parental pressure, sacrifices, friendship and gender related issues. Shot in Japan, Russia, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Varicella
Danish title Varicella
Other titles Sport Kids
Part of Sport Kids
Keywords Ballet, Ballet schools, Children, Talent development, Russia
Director Victor Kossakovsky
Producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, Anita Rehoff Larsen
Director of Photography Ben Berhard
Editor Vlad Grishin
Production country Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Production company Sant & Usant, Final Cut for Real ApS
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales
Online release 23.11.2015
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Sant & Usant, Final Cut for Real ApS
With support from DR, NRK, Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with ARTE
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Victor Kossakovsky


Producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Producer Anita Rehoff Larsen
Co-producer Monica Hellström
Co-producer Malin Hübner
Co-producer Tobias Janson


Cinematographer Ben Berhard


Editor Vlad Grishin


Music Ivan Bessonov
Music Cziffra Gyoögy
Music Elvira Kobtzeva
Music Leonid Levashkevich
Music Jean-Babtise Lully
Music Elena Miltz

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