Vers Mathilde

dir. Claire Denis

Vers Mathilde

dir. Claire Denis

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Claire Denis teams with ace cinematographers Agnès Godard and Hélène Louvart (Pina) for this portrait of Mathilde Monnier, France's preeminent contemporary dance choreographer.

"I wanted to capture what happens when the body starts working; to try and catch the work in progress. " — Claire Denis

Denis teams with cinematographers Agnès Godard and Hélène Louvart (Pina) for this portrait of Mathilde Monnier, France's preeminent contemporary choreographer and head of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. Shooting in gorgeously grainy Super 8 and 16mm as Monnier conducts rehearsals for her piece Déroutes, Denis offers a series of impressionistic, close-up studies of bodies in motion as she moves ever closer toward Mathilde, finding in Monnier's process of choreographing dance a mirror of her own process of staging in the cinema. "If ever a director was suited to translate Monnier's aesthetic to film, it's Denis ... by observing this avant-garde female artist on the cusp of fifty, Denis, an avant-garde female artist on the cusp of sixty, is simultaneously observing herself" (Sarah Silver, Reverse Shot).