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

    It is a rare honor to work with Claire Denis. She has put together an incredible cast for what is not only her first English language feature but also her first SF film after making 12 visionary films in French.”, said producer Andrew Lauren

    High Life” is an upcoming SF film (2018) written and directed by the French film director Claire Denis.
    It is Claire Denis’ first English language film.

    Apart from Denis, her long-time collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau and novelist Nick Laird co-wrote the screenplay for the film. Additionally Laird’s wife Zadie Smith polished the script.

    The film stars Robert Pattinson (Monte), Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth in lead roles and also Lars Eidinger, André Benjamin, Agata Buzek, Ewan Mitchell, Jessie Ross, Claire Tran.

    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.

    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.

    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, in space people speak English – or Russian or Chinese.” (Really ? Why not Latin ? Or ancient Greek ? Or Esperanto ? – our note 🙂 )

    Claire Denis (born 21 April 1946) is a French film director and writer. Denis is widely considered as one of the strongest voices in contemporary world cinema: her films “White Material” (2009) and “35 Rhums” ( 35 Shots of Rum, 2008) are frequently included among the best films of the 21st century, and, alongside her earlier works, e.g. “Chocolat” and “Beau Travail“, are considered as modern masterpieces and among the greatest films directed by women in the history of cinema.

    Her work has a lasting impact on cinematic identity of Europe and has dealt with themes of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, as well as issues in modern France.


    1988 : “Chocolat”
    1990 : “S’en fout la mort”
    1994 : “J’ai pas sommeil”
    1994 : “US Go Home” (TV film)
    1996 : “Nénette et Boni”
    1999 : “Beau Travail”
    2001 : “Trouble Every Day”
    2002 : “Vendredi soir”
    2004 : “L’Intrus”
    2009 : “35 rhums”
    2010 : “White Material”
    2013 : “Les Salauds”
    2017 : “Un beau soleil intérieur”
    2018 : “High Life”

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