Holy Motors

Director in Person
Screening on Film
$12 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Leos Carax.
With Denis Lavant, Édith Scob, Kylie Minogue.
France, 2012, 35mm, color and b&w, 115 min.
French, English and Mandarin with English subtitles.

Holy Motors introduction and post-screening discussion with David Pendleton and Leos Carax.

Carax has always favored a loose approach to storytelling that leaves room for digressions and set pieces; here, in his first feature film in over a decade, he adopts an episodic narrative style that affords him plenty of room to express his love of actors, music, cars, women, and above all, cinema. After an evocative prologue featuring the director himself, Denis Lavant takes center stage as a businessman who travels from appointment to mysterious appointment, emerging from his stretch limo as a different person every time, with Monsieur Merde from Tokyo! making a welcome reappearance. Such is the alchemical and generous nature of Carax’s filmmaking that while remaining as repulsive as ever, and ever so slightly frightening, Merde comes to seem not just loveable but perhaps even faintly heroic.

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Overdrive: The Films of Leos Carax