The films of Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and respected of contemporary filmmakers, probe the psyche of global citizenship, tracing the borderlines of family, desire, nationality and power. With subtlety, depth and at times minimalism and abstraction, her films - including "Chocolat", "Beau travail" and "White Material" - explore connections between national experience and individual circumstance, visualizing the complications of such dualities. Following a Foreword by Wim Wenders, with whom Denis worked prior to making her own movies, international contributors explore the themes she addresses in her films, such as kinship and landscape, Neo-Colonialism and New French Extremity. Original interviews with an editor, actor and two composers most familiar with the working style of Denis, and with Denis herself, also reveal fresh facets of this intrepid filmmaker. As Wim Wenders writes in his Foreword: 'This book will hopefully throw many new lights on the amazing director that Klarchen [Claire Denis] became, a path she carved out all on her own.'
About the Author
Since 1999 Marjorie (Marji) Vecchio curated over 40 exhibitions, worked with 250 artists, published numerous authors in over twenty catalogues, and commissioned many professional and emerging print designers. She developed solo, two-person, group and large survey exhibitions based on a variety of subjects, themes and formal concerns, as well as designed residencies and workshops for filmmakers, scholars and artists alike. Before becoming a curator, Vecchio was a photographic artist for eleven years. From 2006 - 2012 she was Director and Curator for Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno. She has been a Board Member since 2012 of Signal Fire Artist Residency. In Fall 2009 she won the inaugural semester-long Scholar-in-Residence at Columbus State University in Georgia to begin this book.
Table of Contents
Wim Wenders - Forward: 'Klärchen'
2. Martine Beugnet - 'To Let The Image Sing': Conversations with Dickon Hinchliffe and Stuart Staples
3. Interview with Nelly Quettier, Paris July 2011
4. Interview with Alex Descas, Paris July 2011
5. Interview with Claire Denis, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland Summer 2011 (Trans. Nathalie Le Galloudec)
7. La Famille Denis
8. Reinventing Community, or Non-Relational Relations in Claire Denis's I Can't Sleep
9. Beyond the Other: Grafting Relations in the films of Claire Denis
10. Global Citizenship
11. Beyond Post-colonialism? From Chocolat to White Material
12. Trouble Every Day: The Neo-Colonialists Bite Back
13. Foreignness and Employment: A Study of the Role of Work in the Films of Claire Denis
14. The Intruder According to Claire Denis (Trans. Anna Moschovakis)
15. Within Film
16. Delivering: Claire Denis's Opening Sequences
17. Rhythms of Relationality: Denis and Dance
18. That Interrupting Feeling: Interstitial Disjunctions in Claire Denis's L'Intrus
19. Points of Flight, Lines of Fracture: Claire Denis's Uncanny Landscape
20. Arthouse/Grindhouse: Claire Denis and the 'New French Extremity'