TBC
1hr 48mins

Please note that, as this screening is yet to be rated by the BBFC, it may contain Flashing Imagery.


Agathe Rousselle makes a ferocious debut as a killer on the run, in Julia Ducournau’s electrifying techno-chiller, fresh from its triumph in Cannes. One of the the most provocative Palme d’Or winners ever, and only the second for a female director, Titane is a blast of lawless inspiration.


This screening will be preceded by a recorded introduction from director Julia Ducournau.

Julia Ducournau
TBC

French filmmaker Ducournau dazzled with cannibal-themed debut Raw, but goes way further in her genre-shattering follow-up.

Unnerving newcomer Agathe Rousselle plays Alexia, a young woman who – following an accident in her childhood – has an unusual bond with cars, consummated by a strange encounter with one of the vehicles she writhes on in her job as a motor show dancer.

When her murderous tendencies make her a fugitive, she disguises herself as a boy and forms a very ambivalent bond with the chief of a firefighting unit (French A-lister Vincent Lindon, venturing way outside familiar territory).

Gender fluidity, familial subversion, techno-sexual delirium and full-on violence take Titane (French for titanium) into the far reaches of genre futurism, with Ruben Impens’ cinematography pushing a trash-pulp aesthetic to a hyper-sophisticated new level.

It’s extreme-dream cinema that pulls no punches in its metallic KO.

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