Intense Intimacy – The Cinema of Claire Denis


Recently hailed by Sight & Sound Editor Nick James as the “filmmaker of the decade”, French director Claire Denis is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and significant cinematic voices of our times. In recent years, Denis has returned to the international spotlight with her tender father-daughter drama 35 Shots of Rum and her latest feature, the haunting White Material. White Material takes the director back to the highly charged and intensely emotional post-colonial world of Cameroon, the setting for her acclaimed debut Chocolat (1988). In the intervening twenty two years, Denis has created an intimate, beautiful and poetic cinema. Her cinematic signature style is also the story of long-standing collaborations, most notably with her cinematographer Agnès Godard, screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau, composer Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) and many of her actors.

This retrospective is a rare opportunity to see this critically acclaimed director’s unique body of work.

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