|Direct from the Cannes International Film Festival, the new film by acclaimed French writer-director Claire Denis, Les Salauds (Bastards) 2013, will have its Australian premiere at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Friday July 19.
The premiere screening is part of Australia's first extensive retrospective of the filmmaker's work, presented by GOMA's Australian Cinémathèque from July 26 to August 30.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said Claire Denis was regarded as one of France's most distinctive and humanist filmmakers.
'Including all ten of Claire Denis' feature films, four documentaries and a number of shorts, the retrospective commences on Friday July 26 with her highly lauded debut Chocolat 1988, a semi-autobiographical meditation on colonialism in Africa,' he said.
'Denis spent her formative years living in French colonial Africa, and her films tackle cultural and political tensions, as well as individual alienation, with a sensuous approach to characters and story development.
'The program also includes award-winning films J'ai Pas Sommeil (I Can't Sleep) 1994, Nenette et Boni 1996, Beau travail (Good Work) 1999, and more recent titles L'Intrus (The Intruder) 2004, 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) 2008 and White Material 2009, plus a filmed conversation with the director, Claire Denis, The Vagabond 1996.
'Among Denis's documentary work, Man No Run 1989 follows Cameroonian musicians Les Têtes Bruleès on their first French tour; Vers Mathilde (Towards Mathilde) 2005 is an intelligent portrait of dancer Mathilde Monnier; and
Aller Au Diable (To the Devil) 2011 tells the story of French Guiana's Aluku people, who escaped slavery on Dutch plantations,' Mr Saines said.
The retrospective of Denis' work continues on Wednesday and Friday nights and Saturday afternoons from July 26 to August 30. The Audi GOMA Bar is open Friday nights from 5.30pm.
For more information visit qagoma.qld.gov.au/clairedenis