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by Stéphanie Di Giusto


1887. After the death of her gold prospector father, 25-year-old Marie-Louise leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her heart’s dream – becoming an actress. One night on stage, becoming tangled in her long dress, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric in a graceful, magical gesture: the "Serpentine Dance" is born. The audience - shocked, then overwhelmed - calls out for more. Marie-Louise has become Loïe Fuller. She embarks on a new, hectic life, leaving New York, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations, for Paris. At the Folies Bergères, she dazzles the capital, and illustrious admirers fall at her feet. Toulouse Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin… the Electric Fairy becomes an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. But fame isn’t all. An encounter with the young, spellbinding Isadora Duncan will disrupt her turbulent love affair with Louis and her complex relationship with her devoted assistant Gabrielle, and risk the very essence of her art… Revolutionary genius of dance and impassioned artist, neither pain nor treachery can defeat her. Loïe Fuller is the heroine of an historical epic to which only cinema can do justice - the remarkable destiny of a modern woman who revolutionized her era. Based on a true story.

international title: The Dancer
original title: La Danseuse
country: France, Belgium, Czech Republic
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Stéphanie Di Giusto
release date: FR 28/09/2016
screenplay: Stéphanie Di Giusto, Sarah Thibau, Thomas Bidegain
cast: Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Lily-Rose Depp, Stéphanie Sokolinski
cinematography by: Benoît Debie
art director: Carlos Conti
costumes designer: Anaïs Romand
producer: Alain Attal
production: Les Productions du Trésor, Wild Bunch Production, Les Films du Fleuve, Sirena Film
distributor: Wild Bunch


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Un Certain Regard

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