Director: Stephanie Di Giusto
Screenplay: Stephanie Di Giusto
Cast: Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Melanie Thierry, Francois Damiens, Denis Menochet
Length: 108 min
Release: CT Premiere
Select Awards: César Awards Winner: Best Costumes; César Awards Nominations: Best First Film; Best Actress (Soko); Best Supporting Actress (Mélanie Thierry); Best Newcomer Actress (Lily-Rose Depp); Best Set Design
Loïe Fuller was born in the American West. Nothing in her background prepared this robust cowgirl to become the toast of the Parisian cabarets of La Belle Epoque, or to dance on the stage of the Paris Opera. Then one day she invents the “Serpentine Dance.” Hidden by yards of floating fabric, her arms extended by two wooden poles as she moves beneath the stage lights, Loïe becomes a flower, a butterfly, a flame—and each night the crowds call out for more. This awkward woman lacking apparent charm has found her place in the world: she will be “The Dancer,” even though her physical efforts may break her back, and the stage lights may blind her.
But at the turn of the century, Loïe’s fateful encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate her downfall…