Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault
AT NIGHT, THEY DANCE
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AT NIGHT, THEY DANCE

AT NIGHT, THEY DANCE

Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault

2010
80 min.
Canada
Arabic
Subtitles: Catalan

A story about a women's clan from Cairo where the art of dancing has been passed down from mother to daughters since ancient times.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault
Executive Production
Lucie Lambert
Sound
Claude Beaugrand
Distribution
Docs Barcelona Distribution
Production
Les films du tricycle
Script
Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault
Photography
Stéphane Thibault
Edition
René Roberge
Synopsis

This is the story of a Cairo family and a women's clan where the art of dancing has been passed down from mothers to daughters since ancient times.

The matriarch conducts both family and business, sometimes patiently, but almost always with an iron fist. The family meeting point is a small apartment where the complaints and pleas of the daughters constantly arise. There, chaos, fear, and discussion also leave room for tenderness, vulnerability, and hope for a better life.

Raw beauty triumphs over the most cruel reality.

About the direction
Isabelle Lavigne

Isabelle Lavigne

Filmmaker

Isabelle Lavigne studied at the University of Quebec. Since her first documentary —J.U.I.C.E .— Lavi...

Stéphane Thibault

Stéphane Thibault

Filmmaker

Stéphane Thibault studied at the University of Montreal. Before At Night, They Dance he had co-direc...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2012
DocsBarcelona Festival
Edició 2012
2012
Docs Del Mes · September
Edició 2012

Awards and festivals

Best Movie Award · DocsBarcelona
Spain, 2012
Special Jury Award · Camden Int. Film Festival
USA, 2011
Cannes Film Festival · Quinzaine des réalisateurs
France, 2011
Special Jury Award · Hot Docs
Canada, 2011
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Reviews

This is one of those docs that thrusts you into another culture. Here, women perform in all-male environments – mostly wedding-related – and yet the danger factor is strangely low.

— Susan G. Cole · NOW Review

The domestic drama contrasts with the joy of the belly dancing gigs.

— Robert Koehler · Variety

Breathtaking images.

— Hot Docs
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