Coppelia. An innovative family feature with an original score by Maurizio Malagnini, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, COPPELIA uniquely combines enchanting 2D and 3D animation and live action dance, in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, which is jeopardised by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia.

With a diverse and world-class cast, including internationally renowned Sierra Leonean-American ballet soloist Michaela DePrince (co-author ‘Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina’) and British ballet legend Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE, who star alongside Daniel Camargo, Vito Mazzeo and Irek Mukhamedov, the unconventional adaptation is created by filmmakers Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur.

Based on the original 19th century tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann, the reimagined ballet sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a charismatic cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. The feisty Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer and his ‘perfect’ robot-woman, who puts her community and the life of her beloved sweetheart Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger.

Modern and fast-paced, the film, choreographed by Dutch National Ballet artistic director Ted Brandsen, features a blend of musical influences from classical to electronic, bringing the story to life like never before. As the townspeople come to learn, in the age of social media and an increasingly image conscious culture, it’s never been more important to be yourself.



April 01, 2022


Steven de Beul, Ben Tesseur, Jeff Tudor


Steven de Beul, Ben Tesseur, Jeff Tudor


Modern Films


Animation, Family, Sci-Fi




82 minutes