35 SHOTS OF RUM in 35mm
Part of the Alliance Française of Washington DC's AFDC Film Festival
Inspired by Yasujirō Ozu's classic LATE SPRING and the story of Claire Denis' own mother and grandfather, 35 SHOTS OF RUM focuses on Lionel (Alex Descas), a widowed train engineer, and his daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop), who live a happy, yet insular, life in a small apartment in a working-class Paris suburb. As Joséphine attracts the persistent attentions of their neighbor Noé (Grégoire Colin), the devoted, uniquely close relationship between father and daughter trembles on the brink of change. One of Denis' gentlest films, 35 SHOTS OF RUM also contains one of the greatest sequences in her entire oeuvre: an impromptu, late-night extended-family outing to a quiet café, where Noé and Joséphine drift together while sensually dancing to the strains of The Commodores' "Nightshift." (Note courtesy of TIFF.) DIR/SCR Claire Denis; SCR Jean-Pol Fargeau; PROD Karl Baumgartner, Bruno Pésery. France/Germany, 2008, color, 100 min. In German and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.
Nicholas Elliott has been the American correspondent for Cahiers du Cinéma in New York since 2009. He is a programmer for the Locarno Film Festival and a Contributing Editor for Film for BOMB magazine. His writing on the films of Chantal Akerman has appeared in Cahiers du Cinéma, BOMB and the 2014 collective monograph "Chantal Akerman” published by Bande(s) à part/Magic Cinéma.
Paola Raiman has been a staff writer at Cahiers du Cinéma since 2017. After studying literature and philosophy, she was in charge of the France Culture Radio Program LE GAI SAVOIR from 2012 to 2015. She received a M.A. in Cinema Aesthetics in 2017 and wrote about American filmmaker Robert Kramer. Paola has also participated in a collective monograph on Jacques Tourneur, published for the Locarno Film Festival in 2017, and prepared an educational file on Agnes Varda’s THE GLEANERS AND I in 2019 for the Cahiers du Cinéma program Collège au Cinéma.
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