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Highlights - 31/05/2010


Intense Intimacy: The Cinema of Claire Denis


This Watershed programme touring the UK & Ireland in June - July 2010 is a rare example of an exhibition led initiative (9 independent venues - all members of Europa Cinemas) to raise the profile of a foreign language filmmaker and the release of their new film.

French director Claire Denis is one of the most critically acclaimed, original and distinctive cinematic voices of our time. Watershed in Bristol is delighted to present to audiences across the UK and Ireland a rare opportunity to see this remarkable director's body of work. Intense Intimacy is a retrospective timed to mark the national release of her latest film White Material on Fri 2 July (Artificial Eye) and celebrate Denis' sensual, evocative technique and complex, stunning films.
Intense Intimacy: The Cinema of Claire Denis will premiere at Watershed, Bristol on Sun 6 June before touring to venues in UK and in Dublin. All venues are members of Europa Cinemas:
Watershed, Bristol - Sun 6 – Wed 30 June
Irish Film Institute, Dublin - Sun 6 – Wed 30 June
Filmhouse, Edinburgh - Sat 3 – Sun 25 July
Broadway, Nottingham - Sat 3 – Sat 31 July
Chapter, Cardiff - Sun 4 – Tue 27 July
GFT, Glasgow - Tue 6 – Tue 27 July
Arts Picture House, Cambridge - Wed 7 – Wed 14 July
Showroom, Sheffield - Wed 7 – Sat 31 July
Cornerhouse, Manchester - Tue 20 – Thu 29 July


It is a perfect time to hold a retrospective as her latest film White Material takes Denis back to Africa, the setting of her 1988 debut Chocolat. In the intervening twenty-two years she has created an intimate, beautiful and poetic cinematic style that is sensual, evocative and attentive to even the smallest of details or the seemingly most insignificant of moments. Denis has made ten feature films (Chocolat, 1988, No Fear No Die, 1990, I Can’t Sleep, 1994, Nénette et Boni, 1996, Beau Travail, 1999, Trouble Every Day, 2001, Vendredi Soir, 2002, The Intruder, 2004, 35 Shots of Rum, 2008 and White Material, 2009), three feature documentaries (Man No Run, 1989, Jacques Rivette, le veilleur, 1990 and Towards Mathilde, 2005) and numerous short films.




Mark Cosgrove, Watershed's Head of Programme: "Claire Denis is one of the world's leading filmmakers. Her cinema is uniquely poetic and thought provoking. Her distinctive style is one of subtle sensual beauty celebrated by audiences, critics and filmmakers around the world. Watershed is proud that Intense Intimacy will give UK audiences a chance to appreciate these qualities afresh on the big screen."

Nick James, Sight and Sound Magazine: Filmmaker of the decade.

Pictures (from top):

White Material, Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day