Taglines: Never give up on your dreams.
In the 1880s, Félicie (Elle Fanning), a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, but lacks any formal training, runs away from her orphanage in rural Brittany and goes to beautiful Paris accompanied by her friend, a young inventor, Victor (Dane DeHaan), but they soon become separated, as Victor becomes an office boy in Gustave Eiffel’s workshop.
Félicie gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet by briefly assuming the identity of the ruthless, snobby and bratty Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Penniless, and without any formal dance experience, 11-year-old Félicie finds her training, and making friends at the ballet school among her fellow-students, to be very difficult. She finds a mentor: a mysterious cleaning woman with a limp, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who turns out to be a former prima ballerina.
With no technique but great determination, and the help of Odette and Victor, Félicie faces many failures and challenges. Merante (Terrence Scammell), the school’s exacting choreographer, dismisses the worst dancer in each class, so the pressure is great for Félicie to improve quickly to avoid elimination and claim the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. She has the courage to follow her passion and works hard to turn her dreams into reality.
Ballerina is a 2016 English-language Canadian-French 3D computer-animated musical dance adventure comedy film co-directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin. The screenplay, by Summer, Carol Noble and Laurent Zeitoun, with music by Klaus Badelt, concerns a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet.
The film stars the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. It was released in theatres in France and the UK in December 2016. The film is set to be released in the U.S. on April 21, 2017, under the title Leap!, with Nat Wolff replacing DeHaan, and Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks added.
Directed by: Eric Summer, Éric Warin
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler, Julie Khaner, Tamir Kapelian, Elana Dunkelman
Screenplay by: Eric Summer
Cinematography by: Jericca Cleland
Film Editing by: Benjamin Massoubre, Mirenda Ouellet, Yvann Thibaudeau
Music by: Klaus Badelt
Distributed by: Gaumont (France), The Weinstein Company (United States)
Release Date: April 21, 2017
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