The space film genre is so saturated with white (American) men that it's refreshing to see a film like Proxima, with no trace of imperialism. This film is about the state of mind of a French female astronaut. Director Alice Winocour, who often focuses on troubled people − the hysteria case study in her first feature Augustine (2012), the bodyguard suffering from PTSD in Disorder (2015) − explores the mental workload of Sarah (Eva Green), chosen to participate in a space mission with men. She has to deal with rigorous and exhausting training, sexism at work and, above all, the notion of leaving her 8-year-old daughter behind for one year.

Proxima is a perfect mix of documentary-like depiction of an astronaut's life (in a centrifuge, at a press conference) and melodrama, thus making the expanding gap between parent and child look as large as the distance from Earth to the Moon.

Filmmaker
Alice Winocour
Country
France, Germany
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
107’
Language
French, English, Russian, German
Producer
Isabelle Madelaine, Émilie Tisné
Production Company
Dharamsala, Darius Films Inc.
Sales
Pathé
Writer
Alice Winocour
Cinematography
George Lechaptois
Editor
Julien Lacheray
Production Design
Florian Sanson
Sound Design
Pierre André
Music
Sakamoto Ryuichi
Cast
Eva Green, Zélie Boulant-Lemesle, Matt Dillon, Aleksei Fateev