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The Dancer (in French: La Danseuse) is a 2016 French biographical historical drama film directed and written by Stéphanie Di Giusto and co-written by Thomas Bidegain and Sarah Thiebaud, based on the novel by Giovanni Lista. The film stars Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens, Louis Garrel and William Houston.

The Dancer
La Danseuse.jpg
Film poster
Directed byStéphanie Di Giusto
Produced byAlain Attal
Written byStéphanie Di Giusto
Thomas Bidegain
Sarah Thiebaud
Based onLoïe Fuller : Danseuse de la Belle époque
by Giovanni Lista
CinematographyBenoît Debie
Edited byGéraldine Mangenot
Les Films du Fleuve
Les Productions du Trésor
Sirena Film
Wild Bunch
Distributed byWild Bunch (France)
Release date
  • 13 May 2016 (2016-05-13) (Cannes)
  • 28 September 2016 (2016-09-28)
Running time
108 minutes
Czech Republic
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$1.8 million[2]

It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]




Wild Bunch sold the international rights of the film The Dancer, about the legendary dancer Loie Fuller and her peer Isadora Duncan.[5] Stéphanie Di Giusto would make her feature film directing debut, while Elle Fanning was previously attached to star.[5] Di Giusto, Thomas Bidegain and Sarah Thiebaud wrote the script, while Alain Attal would produce the film through Les Productions du Trésor, along with Les Films du Fleuve, Wild Bunch, and Sirena Film.[6]Jody Sperling served as creative consultant for the film, choreographer for Loie's dances was Soko's personal dance coach. Principal photography on the film began on September 28, 2015, and wrapped up on December 10, 2015.[6][7]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Actress Soko Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Mélanie Thierry Nominated
Most Promising Actress Lily-Rose Depp Nominated
Best First Feature Film Nominated
Best Costume Design Anaïs Romand Won
Best Production Design Carlos Conti Nominated
Lumières Awards Best Actress Soko Nominated
Most Promising Actress Lily-Rose Depp Nominated
Best First Film Nominated
Best Cinematography Benoît Debie Nominated


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  2. ^ "La danseuse (The Dancer)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "2016 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Cannes 2016: Film Festival Unveils Official Selection Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b Richford, Rhonda (24 April 2015). "Cannes: Wild Bunch to Launch Sales on 'The Dancer, 'The History of Love'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (24 September 2015). "Lily-Rose Depp to Star as Isadora Duncan in 'The Dancer'". Variety. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ "On the Set 12/11/15: James Franco and Seth Rogen Start 'The Disaster Artist', Owen Wilson & Ed Helms Wrap 'Bastards'". SSN Insider. 11 December 2015. Archived from the original on 13 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.

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