Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Aneta Popiel-Machnicka
Opening with an incredible visual metaphor—a slow-motion horse race with close ups on the legs and muscles of the horses, representing ballet dancers—and moving through the film with gorgeously-shot scenes, Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying visually feels much more like a feature narrative than a documentary. Popiel-Machnicka follows the ballet career of Weronika Frodyma over the course of several years—from a ballet school in Poland to St. Petersburg, Russia to Las Palmas, Spain and finally to Berlin. By including behind-the-scenes looks at Frodyma’s training, visits to various doctors and experiences with pain, Popiel-Machnicka is able to peel past the beauty of ballet and demonstrate the true difficulty of the profession. The musical composition provided by Rafal Kulczycki is particularly worth noting, and works enormously well with the editing of the documentary. Sometimes I Dream I’m Flying is easily one of the most visually pleasing Slamdance films this year.