Proxima

  • 107'
  • France
  • 2019

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.

Director
Alice Winocour
Countries of production
France, Germany
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
107'
Medium
DCP
Languages
French, English, Russian, German
Producers
Isabelle Madelaine, Émilie Tisné
Production Companies
Dharamsala, Darius Films Inc.
Sales
Pathé
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
Cherry Pickers