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Claire Denis’ High Life for Arte France Cinéma

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- The movie will bring together Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth in the cast; Arte will also co-produce films by Sergei Loznitsa, Yann Gonzalez and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Claire Denis’ High Life  for Arte France Cinéma
Director Claire Denis

The last 2015 selection committee of Arte France Cinéma (headed by Olivier Père) has chosen to get involved with four projects as a co-producer and pre-purchaser. Standing out among them is High Life by Claire Denis, produced by France (Alcatraz Films) with Germany (Pandora) and the United Kingdom (Apocalypse), and with Wild Bunch in charge of the international sales.

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High Life is a science-fiction project about the odyssey undertaken by the crew of a spaceship beyond our solar system (with a screenplay co-penned by the director, her regular collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau, and the duo of novelists comprising English author Zadie Smith and Northern Ireland’s Nick Laird). It will boast a cast including Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis [+see also:
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, Maps to the Stars [+see also:
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, The Childhood of a Leader [+see also:
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), Patricia Arquette (winner of an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for Boyhood) and Mia Goth (The Survivalist [+see also:
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, Nymphomaniac - Volume 2 [+see also:
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). Claire Denis’ debut English-language feature will also benefit from the involvement of astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and Danish contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, in addition to having an original score composed by Stuart Staples and The Tindersticks.

This will be the 12th feature by the filmmaker, who has been selected six times at the Venice Film Festival (in competition with No Fear, No Die in 1990, The Intruder [+see also:
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in 2004 and White Material [+see also:
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in 2009, in Cinema of the Present in 1999 with Beau travail, in Controcorrente in 2002 with Friday Night [+see also:
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, and out of competition in 2008 with 35 Shots of Rum [+see also:
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), four times at the Cannes Film Festival (in competition with Chocolat in 1988, out of competition with Trouble Every Day in 2001, and in Un Certain Regard with I Can’t Sleep and Bastards [+see also:
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in 1994 and 2013), and who won a Golden Leopard at Locarno in 1996 with Nenette and Boni.

Arte France Cinéma will also be supporting A Gentle Creature, the third fiction feature by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (in competition at Cannes in 2010 and 2012 with My Joy [+see also:
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and In the Fog [+see also:
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), which will be produced for France by Slot Machine, with Germany and Lithuania.

Other projects that have been accepted are Un couteau dans le cœur by Yann Gonzalez (produced by CG Cinéma and which will be the second feature by the director, who rose to stardom in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2013 with Les Rencontres d'après minuit [+see also:
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) and La forêt de Quinconces [+see also:
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, which will be the directorial feature debut by actor Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (Alfama Films Production).

For the record, Arte France Cinéma is also backing the upcoming films by Bertrand Bonello, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud des Pallières, Bruno Dumont, Michel Ocelot, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alain Guiraudie, Paul Verhoeven, Whit Stillman, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Alessandro Comodin, Michael Dudok de Wit, Mehmet Can Mertoglu, Samuel Maoz, Mohamed Diab, Axelle Ropert, Hafsia Herzi, Caroline Deruas, Rayhana Obermeyer, Serge Bozon, Jean-François Laguionie, Sacha Wolff, Thierry de Peretti, Davy Chou, and sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin.

(Translated from French)

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