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The Lyrical Space of Claire Denis

Claire Denis occupies a unique place in world cinema, one not easily categorized or associated with any particular “wave” or style. Both sensual and rigorous, languid yet at times explosively energetic, her films are highly idiosyncratic and often focus on those living on the margins of society—both in colonial and post-colonial Africa (where she spent her early youth) and in her native France. Denis got her start as an assistant director to such legends as Dušan Makavejev, Costa-Gavras, Jim Jarmusch, and Wim Wenders and in the decades since has established key, long-term collaborations with cinematographer Agnès Godard, screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau, the British rock band Tindersticks, and actors Grégoire Colin and Alex Descas, among others. “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 Film Center is pleased to present this retrospective of Denis’s work with the assistance of Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Laura Pertuy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Denis Bisson and Nora Orallo of the French Embassy in San Francisco, Dean Otto of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Alliance Française de Portland. Thanks to all.

Discounted series passes for The Lyrical Space of Claire Denis are available for $45 each.



Fri, May 3, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, May 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM

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CHOCOLAT
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
CAMEROON/WEST GERMANY/FRANCE, 1988

Denis’s first feature, intricately structured through flashback, follows France, a young woman reflecting on her childhood in a former colonial outpost in Cameroon. During France’s formative years, her mother Aimée spends days at home while her husband is off tending to official duties. It is quickly apparent that there is a mutual attraction between Aimée and Protée, a servant at the home. Luc, a drifter who takes up temporary residence at the house, sees this tension and decides to take matters into his own hands. Denis’s semi-autobiographical film, ostensibly about the workings of a family on the brink, thus transforms into a scathing comment on race relations in colonial Africa during the middle of the twentieth century. (105 mins.)

Dr. Gina Greco, Professor of French at Portland State University, will introduce the film at the Friday, May 3, screening.


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Fri, May 3, 2013
at 9:15 PM

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DOWN BY LAW
DIRECTOR: JIM JARMUSCH
US, 1986

“Jack (John Lurie) and Zack (Tom Waits), super-cool no-hopers, meet up in a New Orleans jail. Initially at odds with one another, they are soon distracted by the arrival of Roberto (Roberto Benigni), whose Pidgin English, memories of old movies, and quotations from Robert Frost in his native Italian keep them both irritated and amused. Finally, however, it is this garrulous and eternally optimistic little man who leads the two self-appointed tough guys to freedom. What makes this film accessible is the emphasis on humor; after the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvelous Benigni. For all the wit and style, however, the film’s most delightful triumph is to demonstrate that ‘Ees a sad an’ beautiful world.’”—Geoff Andrew, Time Out London (107 mins.)

Assistant direction by Claire Denis.


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Sat, May 4, 2013
at 6:15 PM

Fri, May 10, 2013
at 9:15 PM

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I CAN’T SLEEP
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE/SWITZERLAND, 1994

Claire Denis weaves the true story of Thierry Paulin—a black, gay transvestite who, with his lover, killed at least 20 “little old ladies” in Paris during the 1980s—into a portrait of his extended family from Martinique and their encounter with a plucky young Lithuanian actress. “There are no heroes in I CAN’T SLEEP, but the city fights its own demons, ‘grannies’ take up martial arts to defend themselves, and those with any shred of humanity reach out to others, often in vain. Denis understands that people sin but knows that they also regret. The title may suggest that even the gravest offenders lose sleep over their transgressions.”—Indiewire (110 mins.)

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Sat, May 4, 2013
at 8:30 PM

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PARIS, TEXAS
DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS
WEST GERMANY/FRANCE/US, 1984

One of Wim Wenders’s finest directorial moments, PARIS, TEXAS was made in collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard, cinematographer Robby Müller, and guitarist Ry Cooder and featured assistant direction by Claire Denis. The film concerns Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton), an amnesiac who returns to his family’s life four years after abandoning them. A newfound bond with his son quickly grows, but as Travis begins to search out his estranged wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski), his circuitous route back into their lives takes on new dimensions as he is forced to reevaluate his place within the family. PARIS, TEXAS is a classic, downbeat vision of the American West that simultaneously takes the form of the existential road movie. (147 mins.)

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Sun, May 5, 2013
at 4:30 PM

Fri, May 10, 2013
at 7 PM

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TROUBLE EVERY DAY
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
GERMANY/JAPAN/FRANCE, 2001

“A hard-hitting mélange of science fiction, body horror, and AIDS allegory, TROUBLE EVERY DAY is perhaps Denis’s most underappreciated work. Although the film’s apparent coldness and glimpses of carnal savagery immediately marked it as a controversial aberration in Denis’s oeuvre, it is perhaps best understood as an important, albeit darker, variation of the restless, lonely searching for connection between people that remains the central theme of Denis’s work. While the film centers upon the relationship between an American and a French vampire, Denis’s real interest is not in the trappings of genre, whether mad-doctor imaginings or bloodshed, but in the limits of love, sex, and forgiveness.”—Harvard Film Archive (101 mins.)

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Sun, May 5, 2013
at 7 PM

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NENETTE AND BONI
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE, 1996

Boniface, “Boni” for short, is 19. He works at a pizza van on the Marseilles waterfront. Since his mother died, he’s fallen out with Felix, his dad, who’s in retail (lights and lampshades) and must watch out for his 15-year-old kid sister Nenette. Boni drifts along in his world: pizzas, the hood, daydreams, and an imaginary love interest that only makes him feel more alone. He idles around in his hot, sweaty apartment, waiting for desire to come along and sweep him away. But as Boni dreams, reality intrudes. Here comes Nenette, on the run from the boarding school she hates and about to have a baby she doesn’t want. Boni doesn’t want to know, but she moves in all the same, into the abandoned apartment he inherited from their mother—his den, his last line of defense. Marginalized from the world, the two must find the bonds of family to find their identities and overcome the struggle to survive. (103 mins.)

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Thu, May 9, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, May 11, 2013
at 5 PM

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BEAU TRAVAIL
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE, 1999

Inspired by Herman Melville’s BILLY BUDD, BEAU TRAVAIL focuses on the lives of men in a small French Foreign Legion outpost, emphasizing the banality and ritual of their days in the scorching sun. Sergeant Galoup seems the ideal Legionnaire: a brooding loner cut off from his past. He runs the troupe like a well-oiled machine until the arrival of a new recruit threatens to upset the delicate balance. “What is really remarkable about Denis’s film is the way she succeeds in fusing the real and the dreamlike, the naturalistic and the figurative, into one visual conceit. Never for one moment does this shimmering, simmering emotional desert storm of a film relax its grip on your senses.”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (93 mins.)

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Sat, May 11, 2013
at 2 PM

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WINGS OF DESIRE
DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS
WEST GERMANY/FRANCE, 1987

A city symphony like few others, WINGS OF DESIRE is Wim Wenders’s love letter to Berlin, as told through the eyes of Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel in love with circus acrobat Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Damiel, faced with an existential crisis, is forced to choose between a lonely life in heaven spent watching those on Earth or one shot at mortal love. One of the most inventive films of the German New Wave’s “mature” period following its heyday of the ’60s and ’70s, WINGS OF DESIRE “is one of Wenders’s most stunning achievements.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader (128 mins.)

Assistant direction by Claire Denis.


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Sat, May 11, 2013
at 7 PM

Sun, May 12, 2013
at 4:45 PM

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35 SHOTS OF RUM
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE/GERMANY, 2008

Lionel, a metro conductor, lives with his daughter Josephine, a beautiful university student, in a bustling apartment complex outside Paris. They have been sharing the same space for many years and have grown accustomed to one another’s company. Lately, Josephine has started spending time with Noé, a handsome young neighbor, while Lionel finds himself drawn into a romance with Gabrielle, a close friend who also lives in the building. As their lives are pulled in different directions, father and daughter realize they must finally confront an aspect of their past in order to embrace their own destinies. 35 SHOTS OF RUM “is Denis’s warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two’s extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation.”—Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice (100 mins.)

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Sun, May 12, 2013
at 2 PM

Mon, May 13, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE INTRUDER
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE, 2004

Based on the autobiography of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, with whom Denis has a close working relationship, THE INTRUDER follows Louis Trebor, a middle-aged man in need of a heart transplant. As Trebor traverses the globe, seemingly shopping the black market for a new heart, his son Sidney re-enters his life after years of estrangement. The specter of another son, conceived out of wedlock and possibly living in the Caribbean, threatens to interrupt their bond. While almost certainly Denis’s most oblique and elliptical film, the sensuousness provided by Agnès Godard’s images and the music of Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) make the film a remarkable sensory pleasure. “Exhilarating and exhausting, the kind of picture you don’t bounce back from immediately. Yet its elusiveness is the very source of its poetic energy.”—Stephanie Zacharek, Salon (130 mins.)

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Sun, May 12, 2013
at 7 PM

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WHITE MATERIAL
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE/CAMEROON, 2009

Isabelle Huppert plays Maria Vial, a white, coffee plantation owner in an unnamed central African country deep in the throes of political and social upheaval. Through a series of harrowing encounters, Maria is faced with a choice: to flee a populace, many of them young, who seek retribution and the expulsion of her and her family, or to stay and protect all that she knows, however fleeting that may prove. Employing the laconic observational style developed over her twenty-plus-year career, tensions mount until explosive inevitability. “With grave tenderness, Denis reminds us that these murderous, tragically lost boys and girls are still children, a gesture that doesn’t restore their humanity—which she has no right to restore—so much as remind you of the humanity that’s so easily forgotten.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times (106 mins.)

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Thu, May 16, 2013
at 7 PM

MAN NO RUN
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
FRANCE, 1989

Denis’s second feature-length film, MAN NO RUN follows the exciting Cameroonian musical group Les Têtes Brûlées during their first European tour in 1989. Denis met the group while filming CHOCOLAT in 1987, at the height of their popularity at home. The band plays a form of bikutsi (stomping music), a traditional music from the Beti rainforests, with Western instruments doctored to replicate the sound of traditional African instruments. The title is a Pidgin English expression that means “Don’t run off; stay with us until tomorrow morning.” (90 mins.)

Please note: this film, while light on dialogue, is in French without English subtitles.


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