EXCLUSIVE: Stéphanie Di Giusto’s The Dancer premieres in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard tomorrow with stars Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry and Lily-Rose Depp in town. Above is a clip from the film which is Di Giusto’s feature debut. It’s inspired by the story of Loie Fuller, an American dancer who was one of the pioneers of the modern dance movement. Played by breakout Soko, she invented the Serpentine Dance.
Born in the midwest, nothing in Fuller’s background destined her to become the toast of Paris’ Belle Epoque cabarets — or to perform at Paris Opera. Hidden behind meters of silk, her arms extended by long wooden rods, Fuller reinvented her body on stage with the revolutionary Serpentine. She became a symbol for a generation with such admirers as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers and Auguste Rodin. But it is her meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) that leads to her downfall.
Alain Attal produced The Dancer which Wild Bunch is selling here.This is one of two films for singer/actress Soko in Cannes; she’s also in Un Certain Regard title Voir Du Pays (The Stopover) from directors Delphine and Muriel Coulin. It’s also one of the first major roles for Depp who has Rebecca Zlotowski’s Planetarium on deck with Natalie Portman.