New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a doc from Nancy Buirski on the titular American ballet star.
The doc will begin its theatrical run on February 5 at the Lincoln Center in New York, ahead of the New York City ballet’s scheduled performance of Afternoon of a Faun.
It tells the story of Le Clercq, who was the muse to George Balanchine and Jereme Robbins, and was the top dancer of her day before she became diagnosed with polio and became paralyzed at 27 years of age.
She was the inspiration for Robbins’ version of the ballet, Afternoon of a Faun.
After the nationwide theatrical release, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq will be available on digital platforms, DVD and Blu-Ray later on in 2014. It will also be available for educational distribution.
PBS strand ‘American Masters’ owns the U.S. broadcast rights.
The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and RJ Millard of Obscured Pictures, with Krysanne Katsoolis of Cactus Three.
“Rarely has a documentary so seamlessly woven together threads of great art, great love and great tragedy,” said Lorber. “Though you can’t get enough of the plentiful scenes of Tanny dancing, it’s the excavation of emotions in her dance of life with Balanchine and Robbins – and her eventual date with polio – that makes this film a soaring work of inspiration.”