Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

The Dancer

August 5–13, 2016

ITR Auditorium


France/Belgium/Czech Republic 2016
Stéphanie Di Giusto
In French and English, with English subtitles

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.

“Combining furious movement, billowing costume, and theatrical lighting, it’s not hard to imagine how the shows would have astounded audiences more than a century ago… 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

“In her debut feature film, Stéphanie Di Giusto brings us an eye-opening experience with striking skill.” — Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 108 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts

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