Even though it’s been seven years since his last feature film, “Under the Skin,” filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has still been busy. And lately, as he preps work on his newest feature, it appears that he’s passing the time by directing short films. His latest, titled “Strasbourg 1518,” is actually a COVID-19 pandemic-inspired film that is expected to debut on BBC later this month.
According to ScreenDaily, Glazer is finishing up a new short film, “Strasbourg 1518,” which he has completed during lockdown and is a dance-focused project inspired by the current pandemic and the so-called “Dancing Plague” that occurred 500 years ago, where dozens of people danced for days in what is now modern-day France. The new short is commissioned by Artangel and dance company Sadler’s Wells. It will have its world premiere on BBC Two as part of the network’s “BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine” initiative.
The exact details are unknown, at this time, but there is a first-look picture from the short (seen below) and we know the film will feature “some of the greatest dancers in the world today,” though it’s unclear who that might include.
As mentioned, this isn’t the first short that Glazer has directed recently. Just last fall, he premiered a new short, titled “The Fall,” which was available for BBC Two audiences and actually played in some cinemas in a deal with A24. He’s also set to write and direct a holocaust drama for A24, which will mark his first feature film project since 2013. In addition, his feature, “Under the Skin,” is being adapted for an upcoming TV series.
We’re not sure if “Strasbourg 1518” will make its way online for non-UK fans to watch, but if so, we’ll definitely share.