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Paul Cox directs the Diary of Nijinsky

Year: 2014, 120 mins
Code: KD-Paul
ISBN: 794202594

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A documentary on the making of "The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky" by Paul Cox.
Two hours of behind the scenes footages - actors and performers in action, film production, interviews with the creators and performers.

"Vaslav Nijinsky" is a film very much in the same tradition as "Vincent - The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh", using the words from his diary and the many existing images from the Ballet Russe. In this film however, the camera 'dances' and we see from Nijinsky's point of view what it feels like to be a dancer. We follow the mind of a genius as he releases his delicate hold upon reality, and staggers along the outer verge of reason towards the end.

Cox talks about his artistic approach, critisism and his films as means of self-expression:
" Film has become more and more like a product, something you buy in the supermarket, like a bottle of shampoo... So I'm very sorry I make films from my point of view... A very few people can actually do it, or have they the density or sanity to keep doing it..."

Actors and performers talk about their experiences working with Cox, how they become involved in the project and what it means to them.

Co-producer, Aanya Whitehead discusses the challenges of being a producer of films like Paul Cox.

Born in Holland and settled in Melbourne since the mid-‘60s, Paul Cox is an auteur of international acclaim, having received numerous international awards.  He is one of the most prolific makers of films in Australia, with numerous features, shorts and documentaries to his name. He is the recipient of many special tributes and retrospectives at film festivals across the world, including a major retrospective at the Lincoln Centre in New York in 1992.

His films of the early and mid ‘80s – Lonely Hearts (1981), Man of Flowers (1983), and My First Wife (1984) – were highly acclaimed both locally and internationally. 
Man of Flowers premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984, and went on to win Best Film at the 1984 Valladolid Film Festival as well as Best Foreign Film at the 1991 Warsaw Film Festival.
Cactus premiered in Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and Vincent won the Jury Prize at the 1988 Istanbul International Filmdays.
A Woman's Tale won the Grand Prix at the 1992 International Flanders Film Festival in Ghent and Exile screened in competition at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival.

More recently, Cox's highly acclaimed feature Innocence (2000) won massive audience and critical acclaim, including Best Film and the People's Choice Award at the 2000 Montreal World Film Festival; and 5 Australian IF awards including Best Film, Independent Filmmaker of the Year for Paul Cox, and Best Actress for Julia Blake.

Cox’s career continues currently, with features such as Human Touch (2004) and Salvation (2008).

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