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Climax (French version)
Main screening room
June 6th, 2023
96 min
Disco clubs

Clubs, nightclubs and other rowdy dance floors are places of ligthness, seduction or dissidence, where musical trends, dramas and romances are born. They are the sulphurous theater of the bodies that are bring together , but also a mental space that can make the multitude and the solitude, the party feeling and the melancholy coexist. From the disco scene of the 1970s to today, this cycle brings together films where people dance without a tomorrow, in the light of neon and strobes.

Directed by
Gaspar Noé
Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile
Belgium, France
96 min

In 1996, at the call of a renowned choreographer, a group of urban dancers meet in an isolated rehearsal space on the edge of a forest on a snowy day. In a world without cell phones or Internet, they rehearse one last time before flying to the United States. After the rehearsal, the dancers throw a party to unwind. But soon it becomes apparent that someone has poured an illicit substance into the sangria they were drinking. While some of the dancers go into a never-ending dance trance, others plunge into madness and horror.


Gaspar Noé

Son of the Argentinean painter Luis Felipe Noé, Gaspar Noé was born in Buenos Aires in 1963. His family went into exile in France following the military coup of 1976. He entered the École Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière and made his debut as assistant director to Fernando Solanas. While shooting his first short film in 1985, Tintarella di Luna, he met Lucille Hadzihalilovic, with whom he collaborated several times and founded the production company Les Cinémas de la zone. In the early 1990s, he starred the actor Philippe Nahon in two films that were noticed at Cannes and launched his career: Carne and Seul contre tous. But it was Irreversible, in 2002, that really established his reputation and an aura of scandal. In eight films that combine extreme experiences and exercises in style, Noé has established himself as one of the most closely followed filmmakers of his generation.

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