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 Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet, Khaled Alouach, Thomas Ducasse, Jacques Nolot, Romane Bohringer, Bertrand 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.
6950 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Yann Gonzalez, Knife + Heart, from top: Vanessa Paradis; Paradis and Nicolas Maury; Paradis (center); Félix Maritaud (left). Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, and Memento Films Distribution, France.