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The title of GENÈSE (Genesis)—writer and director Philippe Lesage’s beautifully considered take on the adolescent trials of a pair of Quebecois siblings—reminds us that the depredations of youth are part of a process and not (despite on-screen evidence to the contrary) an irrevocable fall.

For most of its running time, GENÈSE (Lesage’s second feature) details, with intelligence and plausibility, the social-sexual explorations of Charlotte (Noée Abita)—an uncommitted college student—and her slightly younger brother Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin, Boy Erased), who is enrolled in an all-male boarding school.

A third-act coda revisits characters from Lesage’s first feature, Les Démons. Perhaps,in an upcoming film, Lesage will return to where the filmmaker and his deeply invested audience leave Charlotte and Guillaume, simultaneously stranded yet irresistibly propelled into the unknown.

This World Cinema selection premieres in Hollywood this evening as part of the AFI Fest 2018, with an encore screening tomorrow.



Monday, November 12, at 5:45 pm, with director Philippe Lesage in attendance.

Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm.

Chinese Sixplex

6801 Hollywood Boulevard, LosAngeles.

The AFI Fest is presented by Audi.

Top image credit: Be For Films.

Above: Théodore Pellerin (seated center) in Genèse. Photograph by Marco Abraham.

Below: Pellerin and Noée Abita.


Inspired by the youth of a colossus of contemporary art, NEVER LOOK AWAY is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s fictional take on the early life of Gerhard Richter, who grew up under the Nazis (and in the GDR after the war), studied and practiced Socialist Realism at Dresden’s Art Academy, and escaped to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf just before the Wall went up.

Tom Schilling stars as Kurt Barnert, and Oliver Masucci plays a character based on Joseph Beuys. The cast includes Paula Beer and Sebastian Koch, who was in Henckel von Donnersmarck’s remarkable debut feature The Lives of Others.

The AFI Fest 2018 presents the Los Angeles premiere of NEVER LOOK AWAY this weekend at the Egyptian, with an encore screening on Wednesday at the Chinese. The director will be present on Sunday in Hollywood, as well as at LACMA for a January, 2019 screening.



Sunday, November 11, at 7:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 14, at 2:45 pm.

Chinese Sixplex

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.


Friday, January 18, at 7:30 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.


See Dana Goodyear on the Richter-Donnersmarck dynamic; and Morgan Falconer, “Photo-Painting,” in Painting After Pollock (London: Phaidon, 2015), 232–247.

Top: Tom Schilling in Never Look Away.

Above: Shilling and Paula Beer.

Below: Schilling. Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics.


“Each man kills the thing he loves… the coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword.” — Oscar Wilde

The black-leather-masked murderer in Yann Gonzalez’s KNIFE + HEART—set in a gay porn milieu in late-1970s Paris—employs both methods.

With dialogue like “Okay, darlings, it’s business time; I want you all naked and stiffer than Giscard,” and a fluffer named Bouche d’or (“Mouth of Gold”), this psychosexual drama is a delicious heir to the camp exploits of John Waters and the thrillers of Brian De Palma.

The film stars Vanessa ParadisNicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet, Khaled Alouach, Thomas Ducasse, Jacques Nolot, Romane BohringerBertrand Mandico, Jules Ritmanic, and Félix Maritaud.

Artist Simon Thiébaut and choreographer Ari de B (plus dancers) are also featured.

The film will premiere tonight in Hollywood at the AFI Fest, with an encore screening early tomorrow afternoon.



Friday, November 9, at 11:59 pm.

Saturday, November 10, at 12:15 pm.

Chinese Sixplex, 6950 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top:

Vanessa Paradis and Nicolas Maury in Un couteau dans le cœur/Knife + Heart.

Paradis (center).

Félix Maritaud (left).


Image credit: Memento Films Distribution, France.


How our habitual engagements with writing, reading, performance, publishing, and politics have been transformed in the internet age are some of the concerns addressed in NON-FICTION (Double vies), the new film from writer-director Olivier Assayas.

The film—Assayas’ seventeenth feature, and one that carries a strong echo of Rohmer—stars Juliette Binoche, Guillaume CanetChrista ThéretVincent MacaigneNora Hamzawi, and Pascal Greggory as denizens of the Parisian culture-media complex, and its Los Angeles premiere this week is part of the annual AFI Fest.


Friday, November 9, at 6 pm.

Thursday, November 15, at 12:30 pm.

Chinese Sixplex, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

See Will Self on the tyranny of the virtual.

Top: Guillaume Canet in Non-Fiction.

Above: Vincent Macaigne (right) and Canet.

Below: Juliette Binoche and Canet.


Starting this weekend, the celebrated debut feature as well as the short films of Barbara Hammer will screen in Los Angeles this month and next—a continuation of the ongoing retrospectives devoted to this filmmaking pioneer.

The UCLA Film and Television Archive series BARBARA HAMMER—SUPERDYKE includes five nights of programming, and Hammer’s AFI Fest event will feature a new 16mm print of NITRATE KISSES.

Hammer will make personal appearances during both nights of UCLA’s opening weekend—signing copies of the books Hammer!: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life, Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies, and Truant: Photographs 1970–1979—and she’ll be at the Egyptian for AFI.


Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10.

Saturdays, November 17, December 8, and December 15.

All screenings at 7:30 pm.

Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.



Sunday, November 11, at 8:15 pm.

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.


See Corrine Fitzpatrick on Hammer’s The Art of Dying or (Palliative Art Making in an Age of Anxiety).

From top:

Barbara Hammer. Photograph by Susan Wides.

Hammer, with camera, from Truant.

Tender Fictions (1998) by Hammer with Florrie Burke. Photograph by Joyce Culver.

Still from Hammer film.

Barbara Hammer, Audience (1981).

Images courtesy Barbara Hammer.