In ‘Polina,’ co-directors Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj, a world-renowned choreographer, explore a young dancer’s quest for her creative heart

As Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj searched a few years ago for a project on which the French couple could collaborate they came across “Polina,” a graphic novel about a young dancer in search of her artistic soul, and in it found a film almost perfectly suited for the married filmmaker and choreographer.

“I had already done some documentary films about dance and I was looking to make a film that would be a fictional film but would also be set in the world of dance,” Müller said by phone from home in France a few weeks before their adaptation of “Polina” debuted in Southern California this month.

“And so we found the novel,” she continued, speaking through a translator. “There are even some…

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