Director Claire Denis

Production year 2018

Length 110min.

Country Germany/France/USA/Poland/UK


Deep space. Monte and his daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. A man whose strict self-discipline is a shield against desire, Monte fathered her against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners – death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission. Now only Monte and Willow remain. Through his daughter, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Together, father and daughter approach their destination – the black hole in which time and space cease to exist.


Claire Denis
Claire Denis



Andrew Lauren, D. J. Gugenheim


Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau

Director of Photography

Yorick Le Saux

Production designer

Bertram Strauß, François-Renaud Labarthe

Music by

Stuart A. Staples


Stuart A. Staples


Guy Lecorne


Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin.

Production company(ies)

Pandora Film Produktion Alcatraz Films The Apocalypse Film Company Madants

Claire Denis

French director and screenwriter. Born in Paris, Claire Denis lived in a number of African countries until the age of 12. Having returned to France, she studied at the IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques), where she met cinematographer Agnès Godard, who would later work on the majority of her films. She began her professional life in the cinema as assistant to major directors like Robert Enrico, Wim Wenders, Costa-Gavras and Jacques Rivette. She later worked with Jim Jarmusch on his film Down by Law. In 1987, Claire Denis wrote and directed her first film, Chocolat. A semi-autobiographical story of racial tension in the colonial Africa of the 1950s at the moment of independence, the film premiered in Competition at the 1988 Cannes IFF, was nominated at the César Awards and met with widespread critical acclaim in the US. In 1996, she was awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno IFF for Nenette and Boni. Good Work, Trouble Every Day, Friday Night, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, and Bastards – presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes IFF in 2013 – followed. In 2017, Claire Denis returned to Cannes when Let the Sunshine in, featuring Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu. Claire Denis has co-written the majority of her films with Jean-Pol Fargeau.


Chocolat (1988), No Fear, No Die/S’en fit la mort (1990), I Can’t Sleep (1993), U.S. Go Home (1994, TV), Nénette and Boni (1996), Good Work (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Friday Night (2002), The Intruder (2005), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2010), Bastards (2013), Let the Sunshine in (2017), High Life (2018).

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