Allons enfants

Rookies
“Dancing is drive. You have it or not.”

“The Turgot is not a country club,” the school's principle warns, welcoming the newcomers, “here, we don't give in, and we don't give up.” In the middle of Paris, young people are trained to become professional dancers and, at the same time, they are prepared for their A levels. That's the deal. The training motivates, strengthens and allows the students to surpass themselves, including overcoming setbacks. Everyone brings his or her own story: complex family relationships, problems in the social environment and in school. Through dance, the students learn to translate their experiences into physical energy. The intimately immersive camera interweaves explosive movement with moments of reflection. There are injuries and deficits, but also hopes, dreams and inner transformations.
by Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
with David Bérillon
France 2022 French 115’ Colour World premiere Documentary form recommendation: 14 years and up

With

  • David Bérillon

Crew

DirectorsThierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
ScreenplayElsa Le Peutrec, Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
CinematographyAlban Teurlai
EditingAlban Teurlai
MusicPierre Aviat
SoundEmmanuel Guionet
Production ManagerArmelle Baubau
ProducersRomain Icard, Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
Executive ProducerStéphanie Schorter

Thierry Demaizière

Born in Saint-Remy in France, the filmmaker studied literature at the Sorbonne in Paris and received a degree in media and communication. Between 1985 and 1997, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the French radio network RTL in China, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran and Israel. He was a radio journalist for RTL, Canal+ and TF1 until 2010. He has been making documentaries with Alban Teurlai since 2004.

Filmography (co-director: Alban Teurlai)

2004 L'ordre des choses, l'amiral de Gaulle raconte son père dan l'intimité de la Boisserie 2007 Lost in Vegas 2008 Karl Lagerfeld, un roi seul 2009 Robert Luchini dit Fabrice · Thuram 2010 Ces messieurs dames 2011 Troufions 2012 Revolvers; documentary 2013 Entre autres; documentary series 2015 Le couple; two-part documentary · Relève; documentary 2016 Rocco; documentary 2022 Allons enfants (Rookies); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022

Alban Teurlai

Born in Brou-sur-Chantereine, France in 1977. After briefly studying cinema at the University of Paris VIII, he first worked as an assistant editor at a film and advertising company and then spent ten years as a freelance editor of short films, music videos and promotional films. He has collaborated with Thierry Demaizière on television reports and documentaries. In 2010, the two founded the Falabracks production company.

Filmography (co-director: Thierry Demaizière)

2004 L'ordre des choses, l'amiral de Gaulle raconte son père dan l'intimité de la Boisserie 2007 Lost in Vegas 2008 Karl Lagerfeld, un roi seul · Thuram 2009 Robert Luchini dit Fabrice 2010 Ces messieurs dames 2011 Troufions 2012 Revolvers; documentary 2013 Entre autres; documentary series 2015 Le couple; two-part documentary · Relève; documentary 2016 Rocco; documentary 2022 Allons enfants (Rookies); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022