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Stéphanie Di Giusto

The Dancer
(La Danseuse)

France 2016

In French and English with Finnish and Swedish subtitles

112 min

For audiences aged 12 and above

Born in the American Midwest, nothing in her background destined farm girl Loïe Fuller to become the toast of Europe's Belle Epoque cabarets, even less to dance at the Paris Opera. Loïe reinvents her body on stage with metres of silk and long wooden rods and enthralls her audiences a little more every night with her revolutionary Serpentine dance.

Dazzling the capital, she becomes an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. Eminent admirers fall at her feet: Toulouse-Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin. Even if the physical effort risks destroying her back, she will never falter in the quest to perfect her art. But her meeting with Isadora Duncan - a young prodigy hungry for glory - will lead to the downfall of this icon of the early 20th century...

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto

Stéphanie Di Giusto is a French director, author and photographer. The Dancer is her debut film which competed at Cannes for Un Certain Regard and won a César Award for Best Costume Design in 2016.

Screenplay: Stéphanie Di Giusto & Sarah Thibau based on the novel Loïe Fuller, danseuse de la Belle Epoque (1994) by Giovanni Lista
Cast: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Amanda Plummer, Denis Ménochet
Production: Alain Attal / Les Productions du Trésor
Distribution: Cinemanse