What would you be willing to do to earn the dream prize, your place in that place where you dedicated your life’s work to belong? A question that arises from the premiere of “Birds of Paradise”.
Director Sarah Adina Smith’s new film (“Finding Alaska,” “Buster’s Mal Heart”) gets us right into the story of Kate Sanders, “an ambitious and talented but unranky aspiring dancer. His life changes when he receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris, France. Arriving at the ruthless institution of international renown, his confidence and emotional strength are put to the test by a beautiful and mysterious dancer, Marine Durand, who recently lost her brother (and dance partner) to suicide.
Although their first impressions are not favorable, Kate and Marine create an alliance to be able to survive in the world to which they aspire and obtain the final prize of the school: a contract to join the National Opera of Paris. Minute by minute, viewers will witness how their path will be marked by competition, lies, sexual awakenings and emotional growth.
“Birds of Paradise” | Photo: Courtesy of the press
It stars Diana Silvers (“Night of the Nerds,” “Glass”), Kristine Froseth (“Finding Alaska,” “The Assistant”) and Jacqueline Bisset (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “Abyss”). It is based on the novel Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. It premieres on Amazon Prime Video on September 24.