Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer, the documentary film on the acclaimed Brazilian dancer Marcelo Gomes directed by Mexican-born David Barba and James Pellerito was the winner of the Chlotrudis Award for Best Documentary presented by the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film in Boston.
Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer follows Gomes, who has been a rare dancer: a versatile leading man and, arguably, the best partner of his generation. Fellow dancers Julie Kent, Veronika Part, and others light up when they speak about him. He had been a star at American Ballet Theatre for the past 20 years.
The filmmakers take us on an intimate journey from his native Brazil to the stage of the Metropolitan and beyond to show just how much dedication and discipline are required to reach the top and how much physical stress is imposed on the body in the process, even a perfect one like his. In archival footage, rehearsal, and privileged backstage and dressing room interviews, Gomes emerges as a warm and charming personality, a serious artist, and a fun-loving regular guy.
Additionally, Mexico’s Eugenio Caballero was the winner of the Chlotrudis Award for Best Producion Design for his work in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film celebrated its anniversary year at the 25th Chlotrudis Awards, held at the historic Brattle Theater in Boston on March 17.