High Life: Special Introduction

On Tuesday 16 April at The Astor Theatre, 7:30pm

High Life

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival artistic director, Philippe Platel, will introduce this special screening of Claire Denis' highly anticipated English-language foray into science fiction.

France, Germany, UK, Poland
/ Science Fiction
Running Time: 1h51
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger

Claire Denis is one of France’s most impressive and provocative contemporary filmmakers, with a collection of oeuvres that includes Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day and, more recently, Let the Sunshine In (AF FFF2018) starring Juliette Binoche (who also appears in Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction in the Festival).
Not one to be shackled by the constraints of any genre, High Life sees Denis venture into science fiction to create “a masterfully mystifying event-horizon nightmare” (Variety) as her first foray into the English language. Even in science fiction, she continues her predilection for the corporeal, focusing squarely on the science of biology, and matters of flesh and blood.


Far beyond our solar system, Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his infant daughter, Willow, are drifting closer to a black hole where all time and space cease to exist. They are the sole survivors of a prison crew where they were treated as human guinea pigs. Willow is an experiment, fathered by Monte against his will to Boyse (Mia Goth) after the deranged Dr Dibs (Juliette Binoche) harvested his sperm.

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