High Life

  • 110'
  • Germany
  • 2018

What would you expect from a space opera directed by Claire Denis and starring Robert Pattinson? Well, everything. High Life does to sci-fi what Denis’ Trouble Every Day did to vampire films: it’s a radical interpretation where the filmmaker subverts tropes and genre while preserving their very essence.

Pattinson is part of a motley crew of convicts sent in a spaceship to seemingly exploit an energy resource from a black hole. But they are the ones exploited as guinea pigs for sexual experiments by their medical officer (Juliette Binoche, in full witch mode). Denis still explores her favourite themes – bodies and outsiders, which are desired and rejected at the same time. Mind-bending and very organic, High Life is a crossover between Solaris and Alien, but without needing any monster. It’s above all a fascinating work on on how to keep one's humanity in the space void.

Also see Masterclass Claire Denis.

Director
Claire Denis
Countries of production
Germany, France, USA, United Kingdom, Poland
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Andrew Lauren, Klaudia Smieja, Oliver Dungey, D.J. Gugenheim
Production Companies
Pandora Film Produktion, Alcatraz Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, The Apocalypse Films Company, Madants
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox
Cinematography
Yorick Le Saux
Editor
Guy Lecorne
Production Design
François-Renaud Labarthe
Sound Design
Stuart A. Staples
Music
Stuart A. Staples
Cast
Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Agata Buzek, Lars Eidinger, Claire Tran
Local Distributor
Imagine Filmdistributie Nederland
Website
http://www.highlife-lefilm.com