“Despite its physical horrors, the movie is also a celebration of the body, of the bond between pleasure and pain, agony and ecstasy-and that fusion proves to hold for family bonds as well.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker
“An essay, etched in rivulets of blood and oil, on the mutability of gender and the pliability of desire.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"The whole way home, I noticed my teeth were chattering from the adrenaline. They've only just stopped." - Nate Jones, New York Magazine
March 21 at 6pm | Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, TITANE is challenging to describe because it links together so many disparate themes. The plot—Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) pursues her car fetish to unthinkable heights of perversion and, well, parenthood, completely transforming as a human along the way—does not quite do the film justice. Instead, TITANE is more about how contemporary embodiment—in an age of virtual reality and robots—feels. Yet the human portion of all cyborg relations drags machine utopias back down, to a divided culture, to social relations, to repressive social constructions of gender. That’s how we get to one of the most sublime sequences in contemporary cinema, in which Alexia, accepted as one of the gang, dances with a whole firehouse to Future Islands.
Awards & Nominations
Winner - Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee - Most Promising Actress (Agathe Rousselle), Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Director, César Awards
Gore Capitalism Lecture Series: Professor Daniel R. Quiles presents Gore Capitalism, a lecture series centered on the everyday “horror” we are living through and how the individual gets caught in uneven wars between classes, races, genders, sexual orientations, healthy and sick, states and citizens. Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments. View full series here.
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