Claire Denis, one of the leading lights of contempo French cinema, will be feted at next month’s Stockholm film festival with a Lifetime Achievement nod, following the footsteps of Jean-Luc Godard and Quentin Tarantino.
and the Nordic premiere of her latest film, “Bastards,” which bowed in Un Certain Regard in Cannes.
”Claire Denis refuses to close her eyes to the creative and destructive force unleashed by human weaknesses. A bold explorer of post-colonial Africa and the dark corners of modern society, who invites the audience to an exposed universe that is beautiful and raw,” said the jury, which comprises Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. “This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a filmmaker who continues to seek what others turn away from, always fearless and with a rare eye for visual poetry.”
Through her career, which spans 25 years, the critically-hailed Denis has directed more than 20 films, making her debut in 1988 with Cannes competition contender “Chocolat,” “Nenette and Boni,” “Beau Travail,” “35 Shots of Rum” and “White Material.”
Denis will be the first femme director to receive the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients include David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Godard and Tarantino.
Sold by Wild Bunch, “Bastards” (Les Salauds) is a revenge drama toplining Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni. Pic was produced by Alcatraz Films and Pandora Films, and co-produced by Arte France Cinema and Wild Bunch.
In other Stockholm-fest related news, Swedish artist-turned-filmmaker Anna Odell’s debut, “The Reunion” is set to compete in the Bronze Horse section. A drama turning on an anguished class reunion that turns sour, pic world-preemed at Venice, where it nabbed the Fipresci jury award for best first film. “Reunion” will get released in Sweden on Nov.15.
The upcoming edition will also mark the launch of the Stockholms Filmfestival — Under the Rainbow,” a one-day intiative dedicated to showing films addressing themes dealing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
Daniel-Radcliffe starrer “Kill Your Darlings,” directed by John Krokida, will play in the new section.
Fest, which is set to run Nov. 6-17, will unveil its full lineup on Oct. 22.