Across the vast, deep world of arthouse cinema, few names carry more weight than Claire Denis, France’s supreme purveyor of modern struggles with class and racial inequality. Her work and their collective use of cinematic language also makes her one of the most unique players on the international stage, despite some missteps here and there. This writer, for instance, thought her last outing, White Material, was a bit disjointed and stodgy to really earn the praise often synonymous with her work, and that’s not just because Christopher Lambert was all over the place; it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, basically.
It’s (thankfully) obvious she wouldn’t be gone from features much longer, and Cineuropa (via ThePlaylist) now reports she’ll soon begin production on her 11th film, The Bastards. (Also known as Les salauds.) As of this writing, Denis has already locked Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni — fun fact: the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve — to star. Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch are producing.
That’s the whole hog, ladies and germs. The rest is up to speculation, such as ThePlaylist positing that race will certainly play some part in the proceedings; I could see it. Racism is one huge bastard, after all. (Sorry.) But, no, those with sufficient interest — I should hope this is more than a niche group; please let that be so — might not want to hold out for a whole world of updates nonetheless. I suspect The Bastards will have a quiet shoot, go through post-production rather smoothly, and come out strong at one of the big festivals next fall. Better that than coverage on Access Hollywood, I say.
Despite the small morsel of actual news, are you already anticipating The Bastards?
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