Live & Onstage
For the past 15 years, world-renowned French filmmaker Claire Denis and composer Stuart Staples—best known as the primary singer and songwriter for groundbreaking British chamber-rock band Tindersticks—have engaged in an inspired and fruitful collaboration, pushing the boundaries of their fields to produce art of profound and charmed beauty. The Film Society is honored to present Tindersticks in what will be an unforgettable live performance, as the band accompanies a meticulously prepared montage of scenes from six Denis films scored by Staples and his band mates. Technicians have scoured archives to collect the original elements and assemble strikingly sensual and alternately meditative and shocking clips from Nénette et Boni, Trouble Every Day, Friday Night, The Intruder, 35 Shots of Rum and White Material (the 2009 stunner featuring Isabelle Huppert). Viewed—and heard—anew, Denis’s singular images will soar as the band’s live music envelops the majestic Castro Theatre. For this special event, fellow Tindersticks members David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dan KcKinna and Earl Harvin join Staples, augmented by additional musicians on strings and brass. The full ensemble will do dramatic justice to Denis’s visionary cinema through gorgeously dark-hued music that blends subtle guitar strumming and delicate violin arpeggios with otherworldly percussion and atmospheric washes of symphonic color over which Staples croons in his inimitable baritone. “Working with Claire makes us shift our vision,” Staples has said. “We come out the other end of it and we always feel kind of changed.”
—Steven Jenkins, Sean Uyehara
Total running time 70 min. Special support for this program generously provided by Visionary Circle members Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, and by Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner.