Carax, born Alexandre Oscar Dupont in 1960, is the youngest of four children and the only son of American film writer Joan Dupont and a French father. He dropped out of high school, spent hours in Left Bank cinemas and adopted the new name Léos Carax, an anagram of Alex Oscar. He soon followed the path of the French New Wave critics-turned-filmmakers, writing for Cahiers du Cinéma, acting and finally directing.
Boy Meets Girl, his first feature, which premiered at Cannes in 1983, owed a small debt to the New Wave, but provided a telling glimpse of his own vision.
The Night Is Young, his second feature, starring his alter ego Denis Lavant, is an intoxicating swirl of science fiction and film noir that earned Carax the Prix Louis-Delluc. The film established that Carax’s cinema is based on a worldview rather than on relationships, and that empathy with alienation is the key to understanding his form of romanticism.
The Lovers on the Bridge, a gorgeous, darkly poetic story of tragic love between homeless misfits, premiered at Cannes in 1992. Troubled by its distribution problems, Carax waited seven years before making another film: the sexy, mysterious and violent, Pola X, that took the director’s customary fatalism into new, artistically danger- ous territory, testing his mettle on all levels – script, performance and visual realization.
Holy Motors, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in competition, afforded Denis Lavant a haunting range of memorable characterizations, and proved that Carax, at age 54, has not yet settled for either conformity or self-repetition.
Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Γαλλία-Γερμανία/France-Germany, 2012, 115 ́ 35mm, Έγχρ./Color, με ήχο/sound (στα Γαλλικά/in French) Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction-Screenplay: Léos Carax Φωτογραφία/ Cinematography: Caroline Champetier Μοντάζ/Editing: … Read more →