Les Enfants d'Isadora

Isadora's Children
Damien Manivel
F, Südkorea 2019
84 min

Having charmed Viennale audiences with his delicate miniatures LE PARC in 2016 and LA NUIT OÙ J’AI NAGÉ (co-directed with Kohei Igarashi) in 2017, Damien Manivel now returns with his most acclaimed film so far. Winner of the Best Director prize at Locarno earlier this year, LES ENFANTS D’ISADORA is an elegantly-constructed, immaculately-executed triptych about modern-day women in France, each of them somehow touched by the work of groundbreaking American dancer-choreographer Isadora Duncan. Three discrete chapters pivot around Duncan’s piece “Mother,” created in response to the tragic circumstances of her children’s death. The sections, wrote Sophie Monks Kaufman in “Sight&Sound”, “unfold with the meticulous procedural attention of a prima ballerina and end with a scene as perfectly judged as it is astonishingly moving.” Coming himself from a dance background, Manivel conveys the art form’s ephemeral magic in a way entirely accessible to both aficionados and newcomers alike. He’s aided immensely by the unfussily engaging contributions he elicits from his performers, ranging from the youthful Manon Carpentier to the septuagenarian international dance-eminence Elsa Wolliaston – whose graceful dignity dominates the breathtaking final "movement." (Neil Young)

In the presence of Damien Manivel.

  • Mit Agathe Bonitzer
  • Manon Carpentier
  • Marika Rizzi
  • Elsa Wolliaston
  • Damien Manivel
  • Julien Dieudonné
  • Noé Bach
  • Simon Apostolou
  • Jérôme Petit
  • Dounia Sichov
MLD Films, Jeonju Film Festival, Arte/Cofnova 15


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