I think someone spiked the sangria!
Speaking Gaspar Noé’s name is often followed by gasps when people realize you’re talking about the writer/director of Irreversible. The 2002 shocker is infamous for a prolonged, uninterrupted rape scene, along with other devastating scenes of visceral physical violence.
Noé’s films that followed Irreversible are much less brutal but no less challenging; films like Enter the Void and Love both skirt the line between arthouse horror and pornography; both films are also known for being considerably longer than the industry standard of 90 minutes.
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But infamy often gets attention, and Noé’s latest film, the sex and drug-fueled Climax, has just been purchased by A24 following its screening at Cannes. A24 is the studio that brought us The Witch, It Comes at Night, and next month’s festival shocker Heredity (among many others). Noé’s reputation and A24’s catalog means we should all brace ourselves for something epic!
A24 has purchased domestic rights to “Climax,” the new film from Gaspar Noé that earned rave reviews over the weekend after its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The film, starring “Star Trek: Beyond” and “Atomic Blonde” actress Sofia Boutella, has been described as “Step Up” meets “Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom.” The story centers on members of a dance troupe who descend into madness during a celebration. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that “Climax” might just be Noé’s best film to date.
“‘Climax’ shares much in common with the levitating camerawork of his divisive ‘Enter the Void,’ but unlike that sprawling endeavor, this 96-minute odyssey feels like just the right length to encapsulate his talent for disorienting viewers while inviting them into his madcap intentions of overtaking their senses,” Kohn wrote in his A- review out of Cannes. “It’s certainly the best snapshot of a talented filmmaker committed to fucking with your head.”
Just give the trailer a spin below for a taste to the mayhem that awaits us!
Climax stars Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, and Souheila Yacoub. We’ll keep you posted on US release dates was soon as they’re announced. Stay tuned!
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