Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 293: Sun Oct 20

No Fear, No Die (Denis, 1990): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 3.15pm


This 35mm presentation, which is also being screened on October 30th, is part of the ‘Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism’ season. Full details here.

Harvard Film Archive review:
In sharp contrast to the lush, exquisitely composed Chocolat, Denis' second film uses its rough edge handheld camera to explore the claustrophobic and fraught world of two black immigrant friends raising fighting cocks in a gritty Parisian suburb. A precursor to Beau Travail's study of uneasy male camaraderie No Fear, No Die carefully observes the subtly shifting dynamic between the two men – wonderfully played by Denis’ favorite actors, Alex Descas and Isaach de Bankol√© – and the rituals and cruelties that define their world. 

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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