Underground Ballet


When fans of the football club of Beitar Jerusalem make their way to Teddy Stadium, they hardly ever notice Nadia as she enters and makes her way to a classical ballet studio beneath the bleachers. The ceiling trembles, the cheering fills the room, but the studio remains isolated from Jerusalem’s reality. A decade ago Nadia and her mother, Nina Timofeyeva, a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi Ballet, left Moscow for Jerusalem and set up the studio. It was a professional suicide. Ballet and football make for a surrealistic combination.

Director: Lina Chaplin

Producer: Daniela Reiss Razon



Duration: 53 min.
Date of Release: October 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, Russian
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Berlinale - EFM Market 2020

Involved Broadcasters

Channel 8, Israel

World Sales

Ruth Films


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