Snake Dance

Snake Dance

Manu Riche, Patrick Marnham

Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands/77min./2012

Snake Dance"Two experienced storytellers, filmmaker Manu Riche and writer Patrick Marnham, join forces to tell the story of the invention of the atomic bomb and its unintended consequences in today’s world.

Without using any archive footage, they follow the tracks of 2 historical characters who, each in their own way, forged this story: German-born, the heir to a banking dynasty who became an anthropologist and studied the Pueblo Indians of Los Alamos, and Robert Oppenheimer, a brilliant idealist who will stay known as the inventor of the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

From booming New Mexico to war-stricken Congo and earthquake-devastated Japan, Snake Dance offers a compelling reflection on the Promethean dimensions of nuclear power."
Title in English Snake Dance
Title in Original Language Snake Dance
Director(s) Manu Riche, Patrick Marnham
Director's Bio/Filmography Manu Riche (1964-) is a Belgian documentary filmmaker. He was an early contributor to the legendary documentary magazine Strip-Tease produced by Belgian TV channel RTBF. During the nineties he worked on several independent films in co-production with European public broadcasters. In 2002/2003 he explored the relationship between fiction and documentary in two major films on Belgian personalities, King Baudouin I and Georges Simenon (co-written by Patrick Marnham). He is the initiator, producer and director of Hoge Bomen, a series of portraits on formal and informal power in Belgium at the beginning of the 21st century.

Patrick Marnham (1943-) is an English journalist, biographer and writer of travel books. He is primarily known for his biographies, where he has covered subjects as diverse as Diego Rivera, Georges Simenon, Jean Moulin and Mary Wesley. As a journalist, he has written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and The Observer among others. From 1968 till 1971 Marnham was a scriptwriter for BBC Television. His film work includes L’Homme qui n’était pas Maigret with Manu Riche. His books have won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Marsh Biography Award."
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands
Running Time 77 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format
Shooting Locations Japan, New Mexico, Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland
Shooting Dates/Periods 2010 - 2011
(June 2011, in Japan)
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue English,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2012/4/16
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Brussels, Belgium
Date of First Public Screening in Japan
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events
Staff Credits Script: Patrick Marnham, Manu Riche
Photography: Renaat Lambeets, Ross McDonnell
Editing: Michèle Hubinon
Sound: Luc Cuveele, Paul Heymans
Music: Jun Kanno
Narration: Patrick Marnham
Producer Manu Riche, Geneviève De Bauw
Distributor / Distribution Company Andana Films
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None