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24 - 29 July 2022: Trans-Europ-Express


Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1966, 91 min
French with English subtitles

French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant plays a drug courier smuggling a stash of cocaine from Paris to Antwerp on the Trans-Europ-Express. Matters are complicated by surreal encounters with police, three filmmakers (who are also on the train making a film about drug-traffickers) and erotic-fantasy sequences featuring Marie-France Pisier being bound and subjected to Trintignant's masochistic will. Originally banned by the BBC for scenes of sexual sadism and bondage, Trans-Europ-Express was written and directed by ground-breaking and daring filmmaker Alain Robbe Grillet, best known for his experimental novels, and for writing Alain ResnaisLast Year in Marienbad.

Screening as part of our Tribute to Jean-Louis Trintignant