|8:50 p.m.||Vers Mathilde|
Claire Denis (France, 2005)
Vers Mathilde documents Denis’s encounter with Mathilde Monnier, the head of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier and France’s foremost contemporary choreographer. This largely unseen dance documentary is classic Denis, but a freer, more spontaneous Denis, making it a must for both dance fans and cinephiles. . . . Vers Mathilde is a portrait of Monnier in action, working on an experimental dance piece. But more than that, the film captures a sensuous pas-de-deux between Denis and Monnier, two virtuosic artists whose strong affinities for one another produce a tremulous tension that hovers beneath the film’s grainy surface. . . . As Denis advances vers Mathilde, a charming, unscripted, inspired, and sexy film emerges, with a number of astonishing images to add to the filmmaker’s coveted collection. Featuring music by PJ Harvey.
• Photographed by Agnès Godard, Hélène Louvant. (84 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, DVD)
Preceded by short:
Pour Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud (Claire Denis, France, 1991). Made for Amnesty International and dedicated to a Sudanese political prisoner, the film contemplates themes of repression and exile through a song by Alain Souchon. (4 mins, B&W, Beta SP)
• (Total running time: 88 mins, From CulturesFrance)