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1 April 2016: Fireflies Issue #3: Claire Denis / Jia Zhangke Launch + Beau Travail


We are delighted to host the launch of film publication Fireflies Issue #3. Following explorations of the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Béla Tarr and Abbas Kiarostami, Fireflies Issue #3 focuses on Claire Denis and Jia Zhangke across 160 pages of essays, poetry, fiction, visual art and interviews. Issue #3 features 32 contributors including original work from critics Mark Cousins, Gareth Evans, Adam Nayman and Christine Smallwood in a beautifully designed print artefact.

The magazine launch will be followed by a screening of Claire Denis' Beau Travail on 35mm!

Beau Travail
Claire Denis
1998 | 90 min | Colour | 35mm

"Denis and her near-constant collaborator, screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau, reimagine Melville’s Billy Budd as a tale of jealousy and homoerotic desire amongst a company of French Legionnaires in remote Djibouti. The beautiful sparseness and enigmatic quality of Beau travail is informed by Denis’ interest in contemporary choreography and her careful attention to the legionnaires' training and exercise, rituals that suggest both the cohesion of and the unspoken tensions within the unit. In a film of few words the soldiers' sculptural bodies become expressive markers of the ways in which belonging, tenderness and violence trouble contemporary masculinity." – Harvard Film Archives

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