Author(s): Marjorie Vecchio
The films of Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and respected of contemporary filmmakers, probe the psyche of global citizenship, tracing the borderlines of family, desire, nationality and power. With subtlety, depth and at times minimalism and abstraction, her films - including "Chocolat", "Beau travail" and "White Material" - explore connections between national experience and individual circumstance, visualizing the complications of such dualities. Following a Foreword by Wim Wenders, with whom Denis worked prior to making her own movies, international contributors explore the themes she addresses in her films, such as kinship and landscape, Neo-Colonialism and New French Extremity. Original interviews with an editor, actor and two composers most familiar with the working style of Denis, and with Denis herself, also reveal fresh facets of this intrepid filmmaker. As Wim Wenders writes in his Foreword: 'This book will hopefully throw many new lights on the amazing director that Klarchen [Claire Denis] became, a path she carved out all on her own.'
Director and Curator of Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, where she also teaches. In 2009 she was selected as the inaugural Fort Foundation Art Scholar-in-Residence recipient at Columbus State University to work on this book.
Marjorie Vecchio; Introduction; Wim Wenders; Forward: "Klarchen"; 1. Interviews; Martine Beugnet; 'To Let The Image Sing': Conversations with Dickon Hinchliffe and Stuart Staples; Kirsten Johnson; Interview with Nelly Quettier, Paris July 2011; Interview with Alex Descas, Paris July 2011; Jean-Luc Nancy; Interview with Claire Denis, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland Summer 2011 (Trans. Nathalie Le Galloudec); 2. Relations; Catherine Wheatley; La Famille Denis.