Sunday, March 26, 2023 1pm to 3pm
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5030 Brunson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146https://cosfordcinema.com/event/the-sight-sound-top-ten-beau-travail-1999/ ##sightandsound #top10 #cosfordcinema
The Cosford Cinema is proud to present a screening series of the top 10 films of the 2022 Sight & Sound Top 100 Poll: The Greatest Films of All Time.
Launched in 1952 and conducted every 10 years since, the poll includes filmmakers, critics and journalists from around the world. The results are published in Sight & Sound, a monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute.
BEAU TRAVAIL | YEAR: 1999 | DIRECTOR: Claire Denis | 4K DCP projection | RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes | RATED: Unrated (adult themes) | In French with English subtitles
With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s "Billy Budd," Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten.
Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.
"Beau Travail" took seventh place in the Sight & Sound poll. Click here to see listings for the other movies in the series. Admission is $5 per film or $40 for a series pass. Students with Cane card use code UMSTUDENT at checkout for free admission.
"Despite being adapted from a 19th-century novella, 'Beau Travail' is an incredibly cinematic work that explores questions of memory, identity, and sexuality, all through the language of the visual image. Directed by Claire Denis, the French filmmaker whose authorial style spans numerous genres, 'Beau Travail' is arguably her most significant film in terms of her status as an auteur.
"Set in the ex-French colony of Djibouti, 'Beau Travail' shares similar themes to Denis’ early work; namely, the conflict of post-colonial French identity and the relationship between the body and the land. However, in Beau Travail these themes are woven into the very fabric of the film’s stylistic and narrative construction, resulting in a much more experimental and visceral approach to these recurrent reflections and concerns. The film speaks through its images, expressing those emotions that are too difficult to convey through words alone." -- Harrison Hughes, FilmDaze
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