"Both Sides of the Blade" by Claire Denis opens the 26th Sofia Film Festival

The gala premiere of the film is on
March 10th, 2022 * Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture

The world premiere of the latest film of the legend Claire Denis "Both Sides of the Blade" will be in a few days in the competition program of the Berlinale. Sofia Film Festival is the first festival in the world after Berlin, which will present the work at the opening of its 26th edition, scheduled for March 10 in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture. The film is part of the French program of the festival, implemented in partnership with the French Institute in Bulgaria on the occasion of the French Presidency of the European Union.

The main roles are entrusted to friends and associates with whom Denis has worked over the years - the magnificent Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lyndon. The plot follows the relationship of a married couple who have had a stable relationship for a decade. But this is what reality looks like at first glance. It turns out that Sarah is not indifferent to her husband's best friend ...

"Both sides of the Blade" is the third film that Claire Denis is working on with the famous writer Christine Ango - both created the hugely successful "Let the Sunshine In" and the short film "This is the sequence" (“Voilà l'enchaînement “). The precise work of the cameraman Eric Gauthier reveals the different states of the heroine of Juliette Binoche through the emotional opposites of her nature.

Claire Denis is one of the legendary figures of French cinema. Some of her films focus on the problems of colonialism in Africa and its consequences - she spent her childhood in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Somalia and Cameroon, returning to Paris when she was 14 years old. She began her career in film as an assistant director to Wim Wenders, in “Paris, Texas” (1984) and “Wings of Desire” (1987), and to Jim Jarmusch in “Down by Law” (1986). Claire Denis has been nominated for a Palme d'Or with her debut feature film “Chocolate”, made 34 years ago; three of her films were nominated for a Golden Lion in the following years. She is called a nihilistic director, and epithets such as "scary and inaccessible" are added to her works. Described by the media as a strong and purposeful nature, even at the age of 75 Claire Denis demonstrates perfect form and maintains an amazing pace in the creative process. "For me, the rich diversity of human life is important. I am most interested in people - how they react to challenges, difficulties or just in their relationship with each other. I'm curious, that's why I do a lot of different things. Cinema must be human, be a part of people's lives; it must focus on the existence of sometimes emergencies and places. This is a topic that really motivates me, "said Claire Denis.

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