Thursday, 24 November 2022
Free (available for tickets holders only)
The screening on 24 November will be followed by a post-screening talk in English with Claire Denis via a video call. We are excited to speak with "Both Sides of the Blade" filmmaker to discuss the movie and its significance.
Claire Denis (b. 1946, France) began her career working on set in Dusan Makavejev’s Sweet Movie (1974). Her years working alongside Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch were crucial to her growth as a filmmaker before she directed her debut Chocolat (1988). Her next films I Can’t Sleep (1994) and Nénette et Boni (1996) interweave narratives inspired by the urban culture of Paris. Denis’s elliptical narrative and visual style received widespread acclaim with Beau Travail (1999) while Trouble Every Day (2001) made a shocking presentation in which Denis, regarded as an arthouse director, turned to the horror genre.
The 2000s were significant for her career, which saw the release of Friday Night (2002), 35
Shots of Rum (2008),
and White Material (2009). In 2022, Both
Sides of the Blade and
Stars at Noon won prizes at the Berlinale and Cannes respectively. Working closely with her longtime collaborators, such as cinematographer
Agnès Godard and the rock band Tindersticks, Denis has contributed a diverse body of work to contemporary cinema.
Jean, a former professional rugby player, and Sara, a radio personality, have been happily together for a decade. A chance encounter leads
Sara to her ex-boyfriend François, who was once good friends with Jean. A visceral feeling awakens inside of Sara that is bound to push her
relationships with both men to the brink. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlinale 2022, Both Sides of the Blade reunites
Claire Denis with stars Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, and Grégoire Colin. The film is a slow-burning drama that possesses immense
empathy for characters who experience the intensity of love like a cut to the heart.
The screening on 24 November will be followed by a post-screening talk in English with Claire Denis via a video call.
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Mati Diop
FEVER DREAMS: THE CINEMA OF CLAIRE
Co-presented by Alliance Française de Hong Kong and M+ Cinema
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