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Nocturama

Bertrand Bonello
France, Germany, Belgium 2016 / 130’
Lover for a Day Spring Equinox

Bonello sets a trap for his audience, making a film that features the deceptive sex appeal of terrorism. In Nocturama, however, it is not religious fanatics who carry out an act of senseless violence, but rather adventure-seeking hipsters. Moreover, the director purposefully emphasizes their physical attractiveness, and their actions are accompanied by hypnotic music (composed by Bonello himself), with the whole thing edited to look like a music video. Its high production value, propensity for intellectual provocation, and sensitivity to the demoralizing potential of pop culture puts the French director in the same class as the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Nocturama's kinship with the works of past masters is, however, less important than its roots in contemporary cinema. The fact that the terrorists portrayed on-screen are recruited from among nearly all the ethnic groups living in France allows Bonello to create a kind of bitter opposite to Cantet's The Class. It is also impossible, while watching Nocturama, not to think about the non-artistic context: there was a bloody terrorist attack in Nice less than a week after the official premiere of the film.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

San Sebastián IFF 2016 - SIGNIS Award; Mar del Plata FF 2016 – Special Mention for Cinematography

Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello was born in Nice in 1968. His adventure with art began as a composer. He has established himself in the world of cinema as a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. At the beginning of his film career, he was involved in the New French Extreme movement, alongside Gaspar Noé and François Ozon, among others. His films have taken part in the main competition at Cannes on three occasions. His 2014 film Saint Laurent was the French candidate for the Oscars.

Selected filmography

2001 Le Pornographe / The Pornographer

2003 Tiresia

2008 O wojnie / De la guerre / On War

2011 Apollonide. Zza okien domu publicznego / L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) / House of Tolerance

2014 Saint Laurent

2016 Nocturama

Cast & Crew

director Bertrand Bonello
screenplay Bertrand Bonello
cinematography Léo Hinstin
editing Fabrice Rouaud
music Bertrand Bonello
cast Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani
producer Alice Girard, Edouard Weil
production Wild Bunch, Pandora Filmproduktion, Rectangle Productions
sales Wild Bunch
language French
colouration colour