Mr X

  • 72'
  • France
  • 2014
It is particularly in his homeland that Carax enjoys the dubious reputation of a cinéaste maudit; a lasting consequence of the disastrously long and expensive shooting of Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991). This did not temper his ambition however, and though he was only able to finish five feature films in a thirty year career, Carax has won a place in the pantheon of cinema.
The director Tessa Louise-Salomé, who has previously filmed the making-of Drive in Holy Motors, expresses her passion for Carax’s universe by stylizing her documentary with a lot of visual extras. She also borrows lavishly from Carax’ lesser known short films.
The absence of a direct interview with Carax is made up for by a host of guest appearances by, among many others, Harmony Korine, Kylie Minogue, Juliette Binoche, and of course his favorite actor, Denis Lavant. Screened twice together with Natan.

Director
Tessa Louise-Salomé
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
France
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
72'
Medium
HDcam
International title
Mr leos caraX
Languages
French, English, Japanese
Producers
Tessa Louise-Salomé, Chantal Perrin
Production Company
Petite Maison Production
Sales
Films Distribution
Screenplay
Chantal Perrin, Tessa Louise-Salomé, Adrien Walter
Cinematography
Kaname Onoyama
Editor
Tessa Louise-Salomé, Laureline Attali, Gabriel Humeau
Music
Gael Rakotondrabe
Cast
Gilles Jacob, Denis Lavant, Caroline Champetier