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Strange Desire: The Films of Claire Denis

 
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Mar 29—Apr 9, 2019
 
   
 
 
 
 
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One of a handful of filmmakers who can credibly lay claim to the title of World’s Greatest Living Director, Claire Denis creates films that speak as much through words as they do through movement, rhythm, and texture. Profound and empathetic studies of outsiderhood, immigrant alienation, the ravages of colonialism, and the mysteries of love and desire, her films are not so much watched as experienced in a full-sensory head-rush of sound and image. In anticipation of her latest philosophical reverie and first English language feature, High Life, BAM proudly presents the largest US retrospective ever of this singular cinematic mood-maker.

Special thanks to Institut Français for their assistance with this program


 
PAST EVENTS
Beau Travail
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Beau Travail
 

Denis’ hypnotically languorous take on Billy Budd is an erotic ballet of jealousy and obsession.

Fri, Mar 29, 2019
 
 
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Trouble Every Day
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Trouble Every Day
 

Denis takes carnal desire to its disturbing, blood-soaked extreme.

Mar 29—Apr 6, 2019
 
 
Chocolat
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Chocolat
 

Denis’ stunning debut feature explores the tension between colonizer and colonized.

Mar 31—Apr 5, 2019
 
 
35 Shots of Rum
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35 Shots of Rum
 

Denis’ warmest film centers on the bond between a widowed Parisian train driver and his daughter.

Mar 31—Apr 6, 2019
 
 
White Material
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White Material
 

An arresting Isabelle Huppert stars in Denis’ searing exploration of colonialism’s legacy.

Mar 31—Apr 7, 2019
 
 
Friday Night
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Friday Night
 

A one-night stand is envisioned by Denis as a shimmering nocturnal reverie of fantasy and desire.

Apr 1—Apr 5, 2019
 
 
Jacques Rivette, le veilleur
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Jacques Rivette, le veilleur
 

Denis captures the New Wave titan out and about on the streets of Paris.

Mon, Apr 1, 2019
 
 
Nenette and Boni
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Nenette and Boni
 

A richly impressionistic portrait of the exhilaration and confusion of adolescence.

Tue, Apr 2, 2019
 
 
Voila l'enchaintment
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Shorts Program
 

Colonialism’s legacy haunts these documentary and narrative shorts.

Tue, Apr 2, 2019
 
 
High Life
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Sneak Peek: High Life
 

Claire Denis launches Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche into the depths of the cosmos.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019
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Bastards
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Bastards
 

This hallucinatory neo-noir is perhaps Denis’ darkest, most troubling film to date.

Thu, Apr 4, 2019
 
 
The Breidjing Camp
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The Breidjing Camp
 

A deeply empathetic portrait of life in a Darfur refugee camp.

Thu, Apr 4, 2019
 
 
Towards Mathilde
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Towards Mathilde + Vers Nancy
 

Mind and body: a one-of-a-kind dance film and a heady work of cinematic philosophy by Denis.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019
 
 
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US Go Home + Claire Denis, The Vagabond
 

Denis directs a swooning study of adolescent angst and discusses her artistic philosophy.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019
 
 
Let the Sunshine In
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Let the Sunshine In
 

A radiant Juliette Binoche lights up Denis’ sly deconstruction of the French sex comedy.

Sun, Apr 7, 2019
 
 
I Can't Sleep
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I Can't Sleep
 

Denis’ take on the serial killer thriller is an elusive, sensitive study of alienation.

Sun, Apr 7, 2019
 
 
No Fear, No Die
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No Fear, No Die + For Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud
 

Denis’ haunting, visceral visions of immigrant alienation.

Mon, Apr 8, 2019
 
 
Intruder
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The Intruder
 

Denis’ famously elliptical style reaches new heights of abstraction.

Tue, Apr 9, 2019