Film still from <em>Climax</em>

Film still from Climax

NZIFF 2018 - Climax

  • Fri 31 Aug 2018
  • 6:30—8:10PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General: $15.50
  • Student (with ID): $12.50
  • Child (14-) / Senior (60+): $10
  • No phone bookings, tickets in-store or online

Direct from Cannes, the latest sensation from French cinema’s premier provocateur Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) is his best yet, an exhilarating 1990s techno dance musical that spins out into collective freak-out.

When Argentinian-born, French director Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) stages a techno dance musical, you’d be naive not to be expecting LSD in the sangria. Noé’s new film, acclaimed at Cannes, is a brilliantly staged descent from dancefloor nirvana (captured in one enthralling single take) to paranoid inferno. The film, with its diverse cast of virtuoso dancers joined by Sofia Boutella, was choreographed and shot in a remarkable 15 days. Revelling in sex, drugs, dance and dread, Climax offers the year’s most visceral big screen experience.

“Noé may actually have a critical darling on his hands. And for good reason, as Climaxis more brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us. It is a party movie gone epically awry, a claustrophobic zombie-apocalypse potboiler in abstract, even a kind of ecstatically Satanic dancehall musical. And it finds, for once, the perfect application of Noé’s abrasive, showboating, hallucinatory style, locking the audience itself into the world’s worst collective freak-out, a drug-trip straight to the inner circles of hell…

France/English with English subtitles, 2018, Colour, 96 min., Rated R18, Dir. Gaspar Noe

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