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RIFF Masterclass with Claire Denis

A masterclass with Claire Denis, the acclaimed French auteur director will take place at 11:00 on October 3 in the Nordic House. Claire Denis is an honorary guest at RIFF and the recipient of the Creative Excellence Award. Moderated by the Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.

Claire Denis was born in Paris in 1946. However, she spent most of her childhood in the French colonies of West-Africa, where her parents worked. Her childhood had a great influence on her art, as is apparent in her first feature film, Chocolat (1988), a very personal piece about a French woman that returns to her childhood home in Cameroon. The film was selected for the Cannes film festival and was praised as a remarkable debut film. In her successful carrier, Denis has made thirteen feature films, many of which are considered classics of art-cinema. Beau Travail, perhaps her best known film, is regarded by many as the best film of the nineties. Her most recent film, High Life, received praise all over the world and was awarded the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the San Sebastián film festival 2018. 

In her films Claire Denis grapples with issues of immigration and ostracism, the ravages of colonialism, and the mysteries of love in a profound manner.

She is a magnificent artist who proves with each new work that she is one of the world's greatest living filmmakers. For further information visit RIFF's website