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Friday, April 07, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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In the tradition of the great art house dramas, master filmmaker Bertrand Bonello brings us a chilling, timely, and controversial new film. Nocturama follows a band of multiracial young radicals as they carry out a series of simultaneous attacks across Paris before seeking shelter in a luxury shopping mall to hide out then celebrate their unexplained actions. Bonello spent six years developing his controversial seventh feature. During that same time, a series of deadly actions rocked France, culminating in the horrors of November 13, 2015, in which terrorists killed 130 people in a single night. Those shocking events didn't directly inform or inspire Bonello, but it is impossible to watch Nocturama without them in mind, which makes some of the director’s bold choices (specifically omitting the motive and background for the attacks themselves) seem all the more audacious. With Nocturama, Bonello has crafted an uncompromising, unnerving vision for these uncertain times that is both spellbinding and alarming. –Joe Bowman

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Born in 1968 in Nice, Bertrand Bonello shifted his focus from music studies to filmmaking in 1998 with his first feature film, Something Organic, which premiered in the Panorama section at the Berlinale. His second feature, The Pornographer, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to a number of shorts, Bonello’s notable features include Saint Laurent (Festival 2015), House of Tolerance (2011), and Tiresia (2003), all of which premiered in competition at Cannes.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): France/Germany/Belgium
  • Language(s): French
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 130
  • Director(s): Bertrand Bonello
  • Producer(s): Edouard Weil, Alice Girard
  • Writer(s): Bertrand Bonello
  • Cinematographer(s): Léo Hinstin
  • Editor(s): Fabrice Rouaud
  • Music: Bertrand Bonello
  • With: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Adèle Haenel

Print Source:
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99 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris, France