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La Nuit elles dansent

Fortnight 2011, Feature film, 1h20


At Night, They Dance is one family’s story. The film takes us into the heart of a clan of women, in which the art of belly dancing has been passed down from mother to daughter since time immemorial. Filmed in Cairo, At Night, They Dance takes an unsentimental yet lyrical look at a hidden world full of surprise and fascination. The viewer is allowed in as a privileged witness. A gritty film in which raw beauty triumphs over the harshest realities.


Isabelle Lavigne

How does our environment make us what we are? Who shapes the dreams that we think are ours? How much space is left for being yourself? Those questions underlie JUICE, Le 4125, rue Parthenais and Junior. Films about men’s worlds where only winners matter and losers are invisible, taking solace in their sincerity. After turning 30 and becoming a mother, Isabelle Lavigne turned her attention to a women’s world, making La nuit, elles dansent (At Night, They Dance). She remains as interested as ever in the intersections between social order and difference, observing a family of belly dancers who – by simply making a living – transgress against moral order. Thanks to the time she invests and the trust she builds with her subjects, Isabelle Lavigne’s films take us inside dramatically rich microcosms, which she patiently explores in great depth. The result is real-life narratives that resemble fiction.

Stéphane Thibault

After studying film at Université de Montréal, Stéphane Thibault directed two medium-length documentaries, Les loups (1995) and Ne parlez jamais avec l’inconnu (1996, Best Video Documentary, Festival Internacional de Cinema de Figueira da Foz, Portugal). In 1998, he made Le beau Jacques (Grand Prix, international competition, Festival international du documentaire de Marseille). In 2002, he directed The Righteous (Claude Jutra Award) and in 2007 Junior, a feature documentary (Best Canadian Documentary, Hotdocs, Toronto).

Amira Said Samir Sayed
Bossy Said Samir Sayed
Hind Said Samir Sayed
Reda Ibrahim Mohamed Ali

Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault

Stéphane Thibault

Isabelle Lavigne, Claude Beaugrand

René Roberge

Benoît Charest


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