Cinema Releases - 35 Shots of Rum
35 SHOTS OF RUM premiered to great critical acclaim at last year’s Venice Film Festival, easily equalling Claire Denis’ superb earlier films Beau Travail and Vendredi Soir in its poetic and impressionistic portrait of a particular place and close-knit community, It is masterfully shot by Denis’ regular cinematographer Agnès Godard and with an emotionally evocative score by fellow long term artistic collaborators, The Tindersticks.
Lionel is a train driver. A widower, he has brought up his only daughter Joséphine since she was very small. Today, she’s a young woman. They live side by side, living in each other’s pockets, in a protective cocoon from the outside world. For Lionel, everything in his life revolves around his daughter and for Joséphine, her world is her father. Little by little, Lionel realises that time has passed and perhaps the time has come for them both to move on and find their independence.
Week Commencing 22.01.10
|BFI Southbank||Belvedere Road, South Bank||London SE1 8XT||020 7928 3232||27-29 January 2010|
Interview in the Times
Interview in The Guardian
Interview in Time Out
How we met with Stuart Staples in Independent On Sunday
|CHOCOLAT||1988 – 105 min
|MAN NO RUN||1989 – 90 min
|S’EN FOUT LA MORT||1990 – 97 min
|KEEP IT YOURSELF||1991 – 40 min
|J’AI PAS SOMMEIL||1994 – 110 min
|A PROPOS DE NICE,
|1995 – Short|
|NENETTE ET BONI||1996 – 1 h 43 min
– Feature Golden
Leopard at the
|BEAU TRAVAIL||1999 – 1 h 30 min
|TROUBLE EVERY DAY||2001 – 101 min
|VERS NANCY||2002 - short
– ‘Ten Minutes Older’
|VENDREDI SOIR||2002 – 1 h 30 min
|THE INTRUDER||2004 – 130 min
|35 SHOTS OF RUM||2008 – Feature|
|WHITE MATERIAL||2009 (In post-production)|
|JACQUES RIVETTE, LE VEILLEUR||1990 - 130 min - Documentary
(With the collaboration of Serge Daney)
|LA ROBE À CERCEAU||1991 – 24 min - Short|
|US GO HOME||1994 – 68 min - TV feature|
|UNE DÉCLARATION||1996 - (Cartier Foundation)|
||............||CLAIRE DENIS AND JEAN-POL FARGEAU|
||............||ARNAUD DE MAULERON
|Sound Editing||............||CHRISTOPHE WINDING
A French/German coproduction Soudaine Compagnie - ARTE France Cinéma - Pandora Film Produktion in association with Wild Bunch
And Sofica Cofinova 4, Soficinéma 4, with the participation of Canal +, de TPS Star,WDR/ARTE and with the support of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (CNC), of the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), of Eurimages, the Région Ile-de-France, of Filmförderungsanstalt Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH), of Procirep, and Angoa-Agicoa.
COLOUR – 100 MINUTES - DOLBY DIGITAL – 1.85 - FRANCE / GERMANY
|With the special participation of INGRID CAVEN as the Aunt
|Mani and Ozale|
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Claire Denis's marvellous latest feature - read the full review
Wally Hammond Time Out
Is this summer 2009's best film?
A miraculous family drama.
This outstanding new film from Claire Denis demonstrates her fluency and mastery in the kind of movie-language that is rich, quietly complex and subtle...
Descas and Diop give lovely performances and their final scene together is tremendously moving.
A film to be savoured.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian - read the full review
The magic of Claire Denis’ exquisite 35 Shots of Rum is that although so much is left unsaid, it’s one of the most emotionally eloquent films you’ll see this year...A richly textured meditation on family, friendship, love and loss.
Wendy Ide The Times
A profound, discreet, hugely touching work that resonates in the memory
David Gritten The Daily Telegraph - read the full review
'We are constantly held by this quiet, subtle, elliptical film that observes its characters' moods and their shifting relationships with the same uncloying love and concern the characters show towards each other'
Philip French The Observer
'Warm, tender and handsome portrait of a father-daughter relationship...rich and rewarding...One of those delightful films in which not a lot has to happen because you're just happy to be in its company. This French drama touches lightly on many subjects and looks gorgeous throughout'
'Every shot is so sensuously vivid that you know you're dealing with a film-maker of intense vision and stylistic subtlety...35 Shots of Rum is as heady as the title suggests, quietly crackling with intimacy and intensity'
Jonathan Romney The Independent on Sunday -read the full review
'...Claire Denis, the French director with an almost unequalled human touch.'
If you are looking for a neat distillation of the genius of the director Claire Denis, look no further than her latest film, the exquisitely understated 35 Shots of Rum.'
'There are few directors working with Denis's skill in capturing the ebb and flow and the unspoken undercurrents of human interaction.'
Wendy Ide, The Times, 2/7/09
Kira Cochrane, The Guardian
'...a tender portrait of father-daughter relationship in Paris, which is set to be one of the (quiet) hits of the summer.'
'...poetic, sometimes mysterious, but always warm and enthralling portrait of a father and his young daughter...'
'...a quiet and touching film...which deserves to be seen and heard amid the metallic noise of this summer's blockbuster season.'
'...a film which many agreed was one of the best at last year's Venice Film Festival.'
Dave Calhoun, Time Out
Marvellous...a beautiful family drama...a film od warm, subtle power, remarkable for its delicate handling of its quiet moments of joy
Jason Solomons The Independent on Sunday
The warmest, most humane flm so far by director Claire Denis
Laurence Phelan Independent Information
'With her new feature 35 Shots of Rum, broadly a family drama, Denis has made arguably her most accessible film to date...'
'Agnes Godard's cinematography is as beguiling, as haunting as ever...'
'...Denis and Godard have perfected a heightened, multisensory cinema...and very few directors are this preternaturally attuned to the lineaments, the rhythms of desire. Beau travail indeed.'
Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound
'...a slow-burning pleasure...'
'one of the finest pieces of ensemble acting I have seen in a long time.'
Wendy Ide , The Times
read the full review
'... exquisite domestic drama...(with) a quiet confidence to match its acuity and compassion.
David Parkinson, Empire
'A wonderful film'
Tom Dawson, TOTAL FILM
This is the work of a cinematic master...warm engaging and utterly beguiling
Allan Hunter The Daily Express
'...stands comfortably alongside Beau Travail as one of Denis' greatest achievements...'
'...mesmeric,... Descas is also by turns fragile and resolute.'
Jason Woods, LITTLE WHITE LIES
'This tender film is infused with honesty and humanity.'
Michael Dwyer, IRISH TIMES
'French arthouse cinema at its best'
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
'One of the greatest living French directors turns her jeweller's eye to a tender father-daughter bond.'
'Breathtaking in its simplicity, sensitivity and insight...this softly stirring human drama permits Claire Denis to display her master of atmosphere and communication to wholly satisfying effect.'
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2009
'The warmth radiating from 35 Shots of Rum, (is) smoother than the finest liquor...a flawless package...marvellously profound.'
'...reminds viewers how rarely movies capture the easygoing love embodied in a functional family, with all its support and tenderness.'
'Denis has perfected her crew family, crafting a flawless package.'
Jay Weissberg , Variety