11/20/2021 07:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
France/Germany/Belgium 2020 139 min English original version with German subtitles
By Leos Carax,
Script: Leos Carax, Ron Mael, Russell Mael, DoP: Caroline Champetier, Editor: Nelly Quettier, Production: Barnstormer Productions, Producer: Nina Poretzky, Olivier Gauriat, Music: Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell, Angèle, Natalia Lafourcade
“Ladies & Gentlemen, We now ask for your complete attention. If you want to sing, laugh, clap, cry, yawn, boo or fart, please, do it in your head, only in your head. You are now kindly requested to keep silent and to hold your breath until the very end of the show. Breathing will not be tolerated during the show. So, please take a deep, last breath right now.” Los Angeles, nowadays. Henry is a stand-up comedian with a fierce humor – Ann an internationally renowned opera singer. With the birth of their daughter, Annette, the marriage of the glamorous couple becomes fraught. While Henry takes care of the child, Ann becomes a famous star. After a dramatic turn, Annette, a mysterious girl, develops an exceptional destiny. The movie opens with a breathtaking sequence in oneshot driven by music from the famous band “Sparks”!
Leos Carax, born in 1960 in Suresnes, is the enfant terrible and the secret superstar of French cinema, known for his poetic style and his tortured depictions of love. After a few short films and work as a film critic, he won the “Prix de la jeunesse” in Cannes in 1984 with his first feature film BOY MEETS GIRL. His second feature film MAUVAIS SANG (1986) was shown at the Berlinale. He achieved international reputation with his melodrama THE LOVES OF PONT-NEUF (1991).
Filmography (selection): 1984 BOY MEETS GIRL, 1986 THE NIGHT IS YOUNG, 1991 THE LOVES OF PONT-NEUF, 1999 POLA X, 2012 HOLY MOTORS, 2021 ANNETTE
Awards: Award for Best Director and Cannes Soundtrack Award (Cannes International Film Festival, France 2021), Douglas Sirk Award (Hamburg Film Festival, Germany 2021)