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Sneak Preview: BASTARDS (Claire Denis, 2013)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)

Sneak Preview: BASTARDS (Claire Denis, 2013)

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Directed by Claire Denis

Starring: Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni

Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM at the James Bridges Theater   

Featured at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Fim Festival, and New York Film Festival                        

"The insidious web of money, sex and power — a vintage film noir premise — entangles all of the characters in Bastards, a hypnotic nocturnal thriller" — Variety   

"The pleasures of Ms. Denis’s films are in the crystalline beauty and mystery of her images, and the way that she puts all these images, including her expressive faces, into play..." —The New York Times 

One of the most visionary filmmakers in contemporary cinema, Claire Denis (Beau travail, Trouble Every Day, White Material) returns with this dazzling, labyrinthine story of sex, murder, and revenge. 

Claire Denis' films live in the ambiguous intersections of misunderstood intentions and actions. Elision, the elliptical, the half-comprehended motivation, the incomplete gesture — these are the elements from which she spins her mesmerizing portraits of people and situations. For more than two decades, she has continued to shape the world, and the images she captures there, to her distinctive and singular vision of cinema.

Les Salauds is full of striking imagery, right from its first shots of a young woman walking, naked, through the dim streets of Paris. The "why" is immediately invoked, and it is not long before we are locked in a labyrinthine plot of family and business, betrayal and vengeance. The head of a family business is dead, and evidence suggests that a malevolent tycoon is responsible. Into this fractured world comes the dead man's brother-in-law, who quits his job as a sailor on an oil tanker so he can get to the bottom of what has transpired. Marco would rather not get involved — he'd prefer to remain apart from everything — but despite his vacillating, he finds himself slowly dragged in, deeper and deeper. He also carries his own secret into the story.

Denis is a master of working amidst narrative uncertainties that mirror the confusions and hesitancies of her cast of characters. The canvas of Les Salauds is dark and troubling; unsavoury sexual desires mingle with stories of drugs, abuse, and mutilation. This is a revenge story with many twists and turns. Ably supported by Agnès Godard's evocative camerawork and the eerie music of Stuart A. Staples and Tindersticks, Denis turns Les Salauds into a dazzling puzzle of a film. —Toronto International Film Festival 


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The James Bridges Theater
235 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)

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● A Graduate Student-run screening series of new sneak previews, LA premieres, and cult
or classic repertory films that runs twice weekly throughout the UCLA academic year. Films are frequently accompanied by special guests, cast or crew, Q&A sessions and more.

● Funded by the Graduate Students Association and ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund.

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