• The Dancer

    Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
    France/Belgium/Czech Republic | 108 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Dancer

    Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
    France/Belgium/Czech Republic | 108 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Dancer

    Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
    France/Belgium/Czech Republic | 108 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Dancer

    Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
    France/Belgium/Czech Republic | 108 minutes | World Cinema Now

In this inquisitive biopic about artistry and competition, musician Soko gives a raw performance as Loïe Fuller, an American dancer who’s the toast of Paris in the early 20th century—until she’s swept aside by a rising talent named Isadora Duncan (a luminous Lily-Rose Depp).

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film synopsis

In this exceedingly intelligent, visually arresting biopic, viewers get a glimpse into the remarkable life of Loïe Fuller, an American dancer who became a sensation in Europe in the early 20th century-only to be swept aside just as quickly when a greater talent emerged on the scene.

Making her feature debut, filmmaker Stéphanie Di Giusto explores how Fuller (played by musician and actress Soko) escaped the Midwest to transform herself, first by pursuing acting but then developing into a celebrated avant-garde dancer in New York, eventually making her way to the prestigious Paris Opera. Fuller's influential Serpentine dance routine cemented her legend, but soon she faced stiff competition from a rising star named Isadora Duncan (a luminous Lily-Rose Depp).

The Dancer is a meditation on the creative process-how a dancer's insecurities can feed into her innovations, establishing her name but also tying her to a movement that may be short-lived. Soko's restless, raw performance is all the more heartbreaking for how, in Duncan, Fuller saw the personification of the more beautiful, gifted artist she wanted to see in herself.  

film details

Original Language Title: La danseuse
Country: France/Belgium/Czech Republic
Year: 2016
Running Time: 108 minutes
Language: French
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto
Producers: Alain Attal, Marie Jardillier, Emma Javaux
Principal Cast: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens
Cinematographers: Benoît Debie
Editor: Géraldine Mangenot
Music: Max Richter
Screenwriter: Stéphanie Di Giusto, Sarah Thibau, Thomas Bidegain
International Sales Company: Wild Bunch

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