In light of the release of his latest film, Joan of Arc (Jeanne), Bruno Dumont revisits his work with Kieron Corless, Deputy Editor of Sight & Sound, in an exclusive masterclass illustrated with films clips.
Trained in philosophy, which he taught for a few years, and a relative latecomer to narrative filmmaking, Bruno Dumont shook up French cinema at the age of 39 with his 1997 feature debut, La vie de Jésus (The Life of Jesus), an unsettling story of teenage disaffection in the French sleepy northern countryside, which was acclaimed in Cannes and won the Best Film Prize at the London film Festival the same year, and, just two years later, with his second feature, L’Humanité, which would become the Grand Jury Prize-winner at Cannes. From there his work has spread across genres and forms, from Camille Claudel 1915 and Slack Bay to the ground-breaking P’tit Quinquin series, giving proof of Dumont’s profuse imagination and symbolic ingenuity.
9 Jan 6.30pm
See also Joan of Arc