Denmark produces lots of professional ballroom dancers - but everything depends on finding the right partner. In recent years, dancers are increasingly being brought in from Russia and other Eastern European countries to form the ideal dance couple. Fourteen-year-old Mie is one of Denmark's top dancers, and the Russian Egor lives with Mie and her mother. The duo appear to be perfect together. But Egor is having trouble adjusting to his new home, and Mie and her mother also have to get used to the new family member. Katrine Philp follows the young dancers during the thrilling competitions, at rehearsals, in the dressing room and also at home where Mie and Egor have been living for a year like brother and sister. The pair are working hard for the upcoming European dance championship, and so are their mothers. Talking on Skype, they're eagerly looking forward to their children's possible success. Egor and Mie have big ambitions themselves, but as the film shows, there's a lot more at stake for Egor.
- Sophia Olsson
- Niels Thastum
- Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
- RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES
To my mind, a good documentarian is open and curious. Trust is the most important thing. If you can offer your subjects the sincere interest you have inside of you, and not be pretentious or fake but open and ready to share something of yourself, people will let you into their lives. You have to create a space of trust and treat your participants properly and respectfully. I would never be able to make a film about someone I didn't like.
With her background as a designer, Katrine Philp felt the urge to take those visual skills with her and start working with film. She graduated from the National Danish Film School´s documentary department in 2009 with the film, BOOK OF MIRI. BOOK OF MIRI was awarded Winner of ‘Full Frame President’s Award’ at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA and Winner of ‘European Young CIVIS Media Prize’, Germany that same year. At Bullitt, Katrine has developed three different documentary projects with a strong social dimension. SUITABLE is a series about a group of refugees who are being selected by the Danish authorities to become Danish citizens and start a new life in Denmark. Another film in development examines the psychiatric system in Denmark while looking at the fine line between what´s normal and not. Since her graduation, Katrine has contributed to Dox:Lab where she collaborated with a Burmesian filmmaker on a film entitled FIVE BEATS BEFORE DEATH.