No Fear: The Films of Claire Denis

No Fear: The Films of Claire Denis

Wednesday, November 10 - Thursday, November 18, 2010

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“There’s no better filmmaker working in the world right now.” – Sight and Sound

“No one in modern cinema has a more elastic syntax, the guts to build each movie according to its subject from the atoms up… see them all.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“The retrospective’s title, ‘No Fear: The Films of Claire Denis,’ evokes the spirit of a director with the heart of an explorer.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

We’re proud to present “No Fear: The Films of Claire Denis,” the most extensive retrospective of Denis’s work ever presented in New York, including all of her fiction feature films, two of her documentary features, a short made for an omnibus film, and three films by other filmmakers that she worked on early in her career and that were instrumental in launching her as a director.

Born in Paris in 1948 into the family of a French colonial administrator, Claire Denis spent her childhood in West Africa. She studied filmmaking at the prestigious film school IDHEC (now FEMIS) in Paris, and after graduating, worked as an assistant to New Wave legend Jacques Rivette, about whom she later made the portrait JACQUES RIVETTE – THE WATCHMAN for the “Cinema of Our Times” series. She went on to work with other noted international directors, including Costa-Gavras, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, before writing and directing her first feature, CHOCOLAT (1988).

Ranging from the African landscape of CHOCOLAT that she revisits in BEAU TRAVAIL and WHITE MATERIAL to the multicultural, urban France of I CAN’T SLEEP, NO FEAR, NO DIE and 35 SHOTS OF RUM, Denis’s powerfully visual work explores the dynamics of belonging and the lives of outsiders, as well as the underlying potential for violence that can exist in even the most mundane relationships. Over the years, she has also worked repeatedly with a select group of actors-including Isaach de Bankolé, Alex Descas, Vincent Gallo and Grégoire Colin–in a series of collaborations that span decades.

WHITE MATERIAL, Denis’s latest film, opens Friday, November 19.


Chocolat

Chocolat

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Denis in person at 7:15pm! "A young woman called France (Perrier; Ducasse as a child) returns to the Cameroons, where she recalls (in one long flashback) her childhood as the daughter... more...



Nenette and Boni

Nenette and Boni

Thursday, November 11, 2010
"A sibling drama of unsentimental urban grit and swooning lyricism, NENETTE AND BONI meditates on the myriad permutations of love and sensuality, from familial longings to food fetishes. Of the title's... more...



I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep

Friday, November 12, 2010
"The first scene of I CAN'T SLEEP, a deceptively languid, unusually engrossing murder mystery (in French, with subtitles), ought to alert you that this is not your standard portrait of a serial killer:... more...



Down By Law

Down By Law

Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, 2010
Assistant directed by Denis! When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in... more...



Beau Travail

Beau Travail

Saturday, November 13, 2010
"Denis' extraordinary movie centres on Galoup (Lavant) who, while holed up in Marseille, recalls his time as a sergeant-major in the Foreign Legion. In the desert, he drilled raw recruits while quietly... more...



Trouble Every Day

Trouble Every Day

Saturday, November 13, 2010
"As elegant and mysterious as Beau Travail, TROUBLE EVERY DAY demonstrates director Claire Denis's signature obsession with the human body, cultural rifts and the permissions of sex. Rarely does... more...



Jacques Rivette: The Nightwatchman

Jacques Rivette: The Nightwatchman

Sunday, November 14, 2010
"An excellent introduction to the cinema of Jacques Rivette by his one-time assistant and admirer, Claire Denis. Rivette is shown in his favourite milieu - the cafés, streets, and Métro stations of Paris... more...



35 Shots of Rum

35 Shots of Rum

Sunday, November 14, 2010
Claire Denis’s delicate and graceful film begins in the territory of Renoir’s La Bete humaine and develops into an unlikely and enchanted evocation of Ozu’s Late Spring. Denis regular... more...



Vers Mathilde

Vers Mathilde

Monday, November 15, 2010
Playing with Denis's short Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud! From the director who has given contemporary cinema some of its most breathtakingly choreographed moments (has ironing ever... more...



The Intruder

The Intruder

Monday, November 15, 2010
"A decisive breakthrough—[Denis's] most poetic and primal film to date, as thrilling as it is initially baffling... "For what is essentially an adaptation of a metaphor, THE INTRUDER is almost shockingly... more...



U.S. Go Home with Claire Denis: La Vagabonde

U.S. Go Home with Claire Denis: La Vagabonde

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
U.S. GO HOME is the great unseen Claire Denis film. Denis' contribution to Tous les garcons et les filles de leur age -- a remarkable French television commission that invited nine different directors,... more...



Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Assistant directed by Denis! WINGS OF DESIRE is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears,... more...



No Fear, No Die

No Fear, No Die

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"From the director of the acclaimed Chocolat, this is something else entirely: rough-edged almost to the point of being documentary, it's a look at the world of cockfighting in the Paris suburbs,... more...



Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Assistant directed by Denis! New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly... more...



Friday Night

Friday Night

Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Nightfall in wintry Paris. Laure (Lemercier), aged thirty-plus, has spent Friday packing up her flat, a prelude to moving in with her boyfriend. Her plan is to drive over to her friends' place for dinner,... more...





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