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French Film Director Claire Denis’ SF Film “High Life”

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Claire Denis reinvents and reorients the SF genre around bodies, babies, and black holes in her masterfully mystifying event-horizon nightmare.”

“High Life” is a science fiction adventure drama film written and directed by the French Film Director Claire Denis.

It is Claire Denis’ first film in English. Apart from Claire Denis, her long-time collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox, and novelist Nick Laird co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Additionally, Laird’s wife Zadie Smith contributed to early drafts of the English version of the screenplay; she is not a credited writer of the project.

The film stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Mia Goth in lead roles.

The film focuses on a group of criminals who are tricked into believing they will be freed if they participate in a mission to travel on a spaceship towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source while being sexually experimented on by the scientists on board.

With: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, Claire Tran, Ewan Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Scarlett Lindsey, Jessie Ross, Victor Banerjee.

French physicist and black hole expert Aurélien Barrau has been part of the project as a scientific expert. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has designed the spacecraft for the film and it is his first cinematic experience.

The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2018.

Claire Denis had the idea of the project in her mind for fifteen years.

Talking about it she said that, “I had a screenplay which was naturally in English, because the story takes place in space and, I don’t know why, but for me, people speak English – or Russian or Chinese – but definitely not French in space.

Following its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, the film will compete in main competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in late September 2018. The film will have its theatrical release in France on 7 November 2018.

Film Review: Robert Pattinson in ‘High Life’

‘High Life’ Review: Claire Denis Takes Robert Pattinson on an Erotic Space Odyssey in This Mesmerizing Look into the Void — TIFF

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/10/high-life-review-robert-pattinson-claire-denis-sci-fi-drama-astronauts

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/reviews-recommendations/high-life-claire-denis-robert-pattison-mortal-space-nightmare

Claire Denis ( born 21 April 1946) is a French film director and writer.

Her film “Beau Travail” (1999) is considered a modern cinematic masterpiece and one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.

Other acclaimed works include “The Intruder” (2004), “35 Shots of Rum” (2008), and “White Material” (2009).

Her work has dealt with themes of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, as well as issues in modern France, and continues to influence European cinematic identity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Denis

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