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Counting down our 100 most-anticipated films of the year, crowning the top spot was clear from the get-go: Claire Denis’ ambitious-sounding sci-fi drama High Life. Marking her English-language debut, the film stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Jessie Ross, and today the first look has finally arrived.

“The movie will take place in the future, the character is an astronaut,” Pattinson previously said about the film. “He’s a criminal who volunteers for a mission toward a black hole, but he realizes along the way that a doctor on board wants to do sexual experiences with humans in space … [Laughs] It’s a very strange film.” He added, “It’s going to be very beautiful.”

If you’re a distributor, sales are being handled internationally by Wild Bunch and in the U.S. by CAA. Check out the first image below, along with the full synopsis and a behind-the-scenes image.


Deep space. Beyond our solar system. Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. A solitary man, whose strict self-discipline is a protection against desire – his own and that of others – Monte fathered the girl against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate Boyse, the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners: space convicts, death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission to the black hole closest to Earth. Now only Monte and Willow remain. And Monte is changed. Through his daughter, for the first time, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Willow grows, becoming a young girl, then a young woman. Together, alone, father and daughter approach their destination – the black hole in which all time and space cease to exist.


High Life will premiere later this year.

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