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Holy Motors
dir. Léos Carax / France 2012 / 110’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli, Edith Scob, Big John, Jean-François Balmer, François Rimbau, Katarzyna Glinka, Karl Hoffmeister

Film description

A surrealist trip through the darkened streets of a Paris in a white limousine behind whose tinted windows lurk Monsieur Oscar and the sophisticated Céline, employees of a cryptic agency. Director Léos Carax enjoys toying with conventions. Oscar goes through a dozen incarnations, fights a virtual erotic battle, seduces Eva Mendes, romances Kylie Minogue atop a building and until the very end resists neat divisions between fact and fantasy. This is modernist French philosophy meeting Korean action cinema and New Wave mixed with medieval fairy tales. Surrealism and weirdness abound. Eyes without a face that gleam from beneath half-closed lidsare just one among the stream of phantasmagorical sequences that power director Carax’ wild ride.

Prepared by: Anna Bielak

Information about director

Léos Carax

Born in 1960 in Suresnes – a commune in the suburbs of Paris, France. After doing film studies at Paris VII University and the American College of Paris, Léos Carax made two short films, one of which was Strangulation Blues (1980) and contributed to ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’. His professional name Léos Carax is an anagram of his two first names, Alex and Oscar. At the age of 23, he made his first full-length film in black and white, Boy Meets Girl (1984). This wavering, troubled film, inspired by the silent films of Cocteau and Godard, but which gives the French cinema of the 1980’s a wonderful ‘first time’ feel, is the story of a love which is being born and dying at the same time, that of Alex (Denis Lavant), the director’s alter ego. Léos Carax returned with him and his fifth full-length film, Holy Motors, competing in the 2012 Cannes Festival.

Filmpography

1980 Strangulations Blues (short)

1984 Chłopiec spotyka dziewczynę / Boy Meets Girl

1986 Zła krew / Mauvais sang / Bad Blood

1991 Kochankowie na moście / Les amants du Pont-Neuf / The Lovers on the Bridge

1999 Pola X

2008 Merde (segment in Tôkyô!)

2012 Holy Motors

Prepared by: Anna Bielak

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director: Léos Carax
screenplay: Léos Carax
cinematography: Caroline Champetier, Yves Cape
editing: Nelly Quettier
cast: Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli, Edith Scob, Big John, Jean-François Balmer, François Rimbau, Katarzyna Glinka, Karl Hoffmeister
producer: Didier Abot
production: CNC, Canal+, Ciné+, Les Films du Losange, Pandora Filmproduktion, Pierre Grise Productions, Région Ile-de-France, arte France Cinéma
Polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language: French
colouration: colour
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