World soundtrack awards
Film Fest Gent - High Life
Archived: High Life (2018)

director: Claire Denis

composer: Stuart A. Staples
With: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André 'Andre 3000' Benjamin, a.o.

duration: 110 minutes

Official Selection - In Competition

"There's a reason Claire Denis inspires abiding fandom among cinephiles. As a filmmaker, she is completely free. She has made love stories, crime movies, coming-of-age, even horror. She transformed Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd' into a widely acknowledged masterpiece, 'Beau Travail'. Her films are intensely focused on the truth of human behaviour wherever that may take her - and us. So, it is both perfectly normal and pleasantly surprising that Denis would set her newest film in space.

The destination is the black hole within closest reach of Earth. The spaceship's crew is a collection of dangerous prisoners, last-chancers with nothing left to lose. At first Monte (Robert Pattinson) is the only crew member awake, rigorously tending to the ship to keep them all alive as they hurtle through space. But Monte is also caring for a baby daughter, born on board. This anomaly is only the first sign of the chaos to come. As Monte's self-discipline slips, the crew awakens and conflicts erupt. In the years since the Twilight series, Pattinson has sought out increasingly challenging roles with some of the world's best filmmakers. Here, Denis uses both the beauty and the enigma he presents to the camera to electric effect." (TIFF)


director: Claire Denis
composer: Stuart A. Staples
producer: Andrew Lauren, Oliver Dungey, Laurence Clerc, Christoph Friedel, D.J. Gugenheim, Klaudia Smieja, Claudia Steffen, Olivier Thery Lapiney
screenplay: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox
Editor: Guy Lecorne
Cinematography: Yorick Le Saux, Tomasz Naumiuk

production company: Alcatraz Films

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Fr subt.
country: Germany - France - United Kingdom - Poland - United States of America
year: 2018


CLAIRE DENIS (1946): Chocolat (1988), Man No Run (1989), Jacques Rivette, le veilleur (1989), No Fear, No Die (1990), Lest We Forget (1991), Keep It for Yourself (1991, short), Monologues (1993), I Can't Sleep (1994), Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... (1994, TV series), Boom-Boom (1994), À propos de Nice, la suite (1995), Nenette and Boni (1996), Beau Travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Vendredi Soir (2002), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello… Show more

Technical Specs

format: DCP

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