Holiday moviegoers are in for a one-of-a-kind experience with the return of the New York Film Festival hit Pina, Wim Wenders’s dazzling 3D dance film about the visionary choreographer Pina Bausch.

Continuing a recent tide of acclaimed filmmakers finding new possibilities in 3D filming and projection, Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club), who first met Bausch in 1985, finally set out to make a documentary on her in 2008. The resulting film not only immortalizes her work but brings the audience into the dance sequences with 3D, creating an original, dynamic space like no other in theaters.

Pina recently made the shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and it’s also Germany’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category. In The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern wrote that the film “combines a haunting elegy for the avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch with a wondrously surreal evocation of her work,” calling its use of 3D “unprecedented.”

Wenders made several appearances at this year's New York Film Festival, most notably participating in one of HBO Films now-annual series of Directors Dialogues, in which he discussed his relationship with Bausch (who died unexpectedly two years ago) and how 3D technology made his vision possible. Video of the complete event is below. 

Pina opens Dec. 23, but you can buy tickets now

HBO Films DIrectors Dialogue with Wenders:

Watch the trailer for Pina: