Past Event29 Jul 2016

The Dancer

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The Civic


French singer Soko and Lily-Rose Depp star in this exquisitely dressed, spectacularly danced drama inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance in late 19th-century Paris.

This gorgeously mounted Belle Epoque drama presents a fictionalised account of the rise and fall of Loïe Fuller, the American-born pioneer of modern dance (and theatrical lighting design) whose ‘serpentine dance’ took Paris and then the world by storm. French singer-songwriter Soko plays the dancer, opposite Gaspard Ulliel, with Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp, as her friend and rival Isadora Duncan.

First-time director Stéphanie Di Giusto turns these sequences into feats of electrifying elegance aided by artful production design, textured costuming, and fluent cinematography…
Soko has both the willful masculinity and a feminine vulnerability down. Playing Louis, Ulliel is his usual charismatic self, exuding an effortless, pansexual allure… And though she only appears later in the film, Depp positively dazzles as Isadora. With her elfin litheness and an almost contemptuous self-assuredness, she owns the screen during every appearance." - Zhuo-Ning Su, The Film Stage

The Dancer

La danseuse
France/Belgium/Czech Republic 2016
108 mins
In French and English, with English subtitles

Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto

Producer: Alain Attal

Screenplay: Stéphanie Di Giusto, Sarah Thibau, Thomas Bidegain. Based on the book Loïe Fuller, danseuse de la Belle Epoque by Giovanni Lista

Photography: Benoît Debie

Editor: Géraldine Mangenot

Production designer: Carlos Conti

Costume designer: Anaïs Romand

Music: Max Richter

With: Soko (Loïe Fuller), Gaspard Ulliel (Louis), Mélanie Thierry (Gabrielle), Lily-Rose Depp (Isadora Duncan), François Damiens (Marchand), Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Armand), Amanda Plummer (Lily), Denis Ménochet (Ruben)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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