Gaspar Noe’s “Climax” has been one of the buzziest — and strangest — films to debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The horror drama follows a group of street dancers, who have a seemingly normal existence until they are all drugged one night in a club. What follows is a bloodbath of psychedelic hallucinations. With the exception of Sofia Boutella, the cast of “Climax” is made up of first-time actors, who shot the film in 15 days.
Noe, who directed “Enter the Void” and the 3D sexually explicit “Love,” has been a regular on the Croisette throughout his career. He spoke to Variety about “Climax,” which screened at Directors’ Fortnight and won the top prize, why he walked out of “Black Panther,” and why movies shouldn’t be scared of male nudity.