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Claire Denis. Fiction Documentary and Perspective. 2010.

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Published on Feb 18, 2011

http://www.egs.edu/ Claire Denis talking about Fiction, Documentary, Pessoa, Goddard, movement, the unknown, trains, time and space, perspective, narrative, context; lecturing on and revealing the methodology of narration, and cultural anthropology in cinema. Public lecture open for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2010 Claire Denis.

Claire Denis (born in 1948, Paris, France) is an award-winning filmmaker and professor of film at the European Graduate School. Denis is recognized as one of the preeminent voices in contemporary European cinema. The themes of post-colonialism, its despondency and malaise, first exposed in her debut film, Chocolat (1988), have shadowed her career. In her later work Denis reveals the incomprehensibility and tragedy that underlie, and perhaps support, the calm surface we restrict our attention to. Denis exposes the exceptions, conflicts, and unforeseen and unaccountable intrusions that weave through the fabric of our skin, and the spaces holding us together, in a manner indisputably pronounced uncanny. The settings and plots of Trouble Every Day (2001), Nenette and Boni  (1996), No Fear, No Die (1990), Good Work (1999) and White Material (2010) vary widely, but the concept of the almost symbiotic dependency between individuals and their environment is rightly unwavering, and reveals the ignored and yet unfathomable tension this forces on relations, decisions, and actions. Her work does justice to cinema's claim as cultural anthropology. Denis' films expose the incomprehensible which always lies in the background, and only reveals itself to the unassuming in spectacular moments. Her narratives carry a fate which always whispers 'not yet', only to explode in a moment as 'always already'.
Claire Denis is the director of feature films: Chocolat/Chocolate (1988), S'en fout le mort/No Fear, No Die (1990), J'ai pas sommeil/I Can't Sleep (1994), Nenette et Boni/Nenette and Boni (1996), Beau travail/Good Work (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Vendredi soir/Friday Night (2002), L'intrus/The Intruder (2004), 35 rhums/35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2010); short films: Keep it for Yourself (1991), Contre l'oubli/ Against Oblivion (1991), Boom-Boom (1994), Tous les garcons et les filles de leur Age/All the Boys and the Girls of Their Age (1994), A propos de nice, la suite (1995), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002); and documentaries: Man no Run (1989), Jacques Rivette, le veilleur/ Jacques Rivette, the Watchman (1990), Vers Mathilde/Towards Mathilde (2005).

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