Underground Ballet

Underground Ballet, Lina Chaplin, Israel, 2019, 53′
Documentary, o.v. Hebrew, Russian, English Subtitles

WTFF5 – International Competition Feature Films

Underground Ballet

When fans of the football club of Beitar Jerusalem make their way to Teddy Stadium, they hardly ever notice Nadia as she enters and makes her way to a classical ballet studio beneath the bleachers. A decade ago Nadia and her mother, Nina Timofeyeva, a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi Ballet, left Moscow for Jerusalem and set up the studio. It was a professional suicide. Ballet and football make for a surrealistic combination.

Director’s bio-filmography
Lina Chaplin

is a director and writer. Among her works: Trumpet In The Vadi (2001), Paper Snow (2002) – award-winning at the Israeli Academy Award 2003 –, The Burning Mooky (2008), The Weeping Suzannah (2009), In The Prime Of Her Life (2010), Voices From The Booth (2014), Eighty And Counting (2016). Underground Ballet won the best documentary award at Haifa International Film Festival.


Directed by Lina Chaplin
Screenpaly Lina Chaplin, Bracha Zisman Cohen
DOP Itzik Portal
Editing Bracha Zisman Cohen
Sound Editing Rotem Dror
Music Tomaso Albinoni, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven
Production Daniela Reiss Razon
Distribution Ruth Films
Website www.ruthfilms.com