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12 - 22 July 2019: High Life


High Life
Claire Denis, 2019, 113 min, 18

"Claire Denis launches into the farthest reaches of outer space for her dazzling English language debut, a science-fiction head-exploder starring an international cast – including Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and André Benjamin – as a crew of societal castoffs on an expedition to harvest the energy from black holes. But it’s the corporeal rather than the cosmic that most concerns these unlikely astronauts, as matters of sex and survival threaten to doom the mission. Shocking, intense, and mysterious, High Life is one of Denis’ most mesmerizing variations yet on her recurring themes of desire, intrusion, and human connection." – BAM

Part of our season on Claire Denis