The Dancer / La Danseuse


fiction / 2016 / France, Belgium, Czech Republic / col. / 108 min.

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto
Screenplay: Stéphanie Di Giusto, Sarah Thibau, Thomas Bidegain
Photography: Benoît Debie
Editor: Géraldine Mangenot
Music: Laura Obiols
Cast: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens, Mélanie Thierry, Louis Garrel, William Houston, David Bowles, Petra Bučková, Frans Boyer, Amanda Plummer

A romantic drama dating back to Paris at the turn of 19th century, when the dancer Loïe Fuller was the biggest star of the Folies Bergère Cabaret. Nothing predestined the former farmer’s daughter raised in the American mid-west to dance in a Parisian Opera. And yet, it happened. With arms prolonged by wooden sticks and wreathed in meters of silk, Loïe discovers her body on stage and enthrals the audience by her revolutionary serpentine dance night by night. She dazzles the whole city and becomes an icon, a gleaming symbol of a whole generation. She has renowned admirers at her feet. Even with the looming threat of a back injury from all the physical strain, and even with the spotlight burning her eyes, nothing can stop her from perfecting her art. Only after she meets Isadora Duncan, a young dancer hungry for fame, is this icon of the early 20th century led to her demise...