From the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski to Claire Denis, Oscar winner Juliette Binoche has starred in many of your favorite European arthouse classics, and she’s probably the reason we return to them again and again. This summer, New Yorkers – or any ambitious traveling cinephile – will have the chance to see many of his all-time greatest performances on 35mm thanks to a new retrospective at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village.
IndieWire exclusively announces “Beautiful Binoche,” taking place August 4-10 at New York City’s longest-running four-screen multiplex. In addition to some of Binoche’s great titles from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, the Quad Cinema will also showcase Binoche’s latest film, “Between Two Worlds,” due out from Cohen Media Group on August 11.
The French actress has long made a career out of playing determined women who wade through confusing situations – from perverse erotic entanglements to political intrigue and grief-stricken isolation. The Quad’s “Beautiful Binoche” program features 35mm prints of the psychosexual classic “Damage” (Louis Malle, 1992; watch this twisted May-December thriller if you haven’t), which was recently highlighted in the series of Karina Longworth’s podcast “You Must Remember This”; the chilling Cannes Best Director winner “Caché” (Michael Haneke, 2005); and the reflection on postmodern Tuscan art “Certified copy” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010), which won Binoche her first and only award for best actress at Cannes. (She won her own Oscar in 1997 for “The English Patient,” beating out Lauren Bacall and even effusively, charmingly apologize on stage for doing it.)
Also screened in digital format is the film that brought her to the international map, Milan Kundera’s erotic epic “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (Philip Kaufman, 1988), plus one of the best films of the 90s, “Three Colors: Blue” (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993), together with “Clouds of Sils Maria” (Olivier Assayas, 2014) and “Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis, 2017), his first collaboration with Denis, which directed Binoche last year in “ Both Sides of the Blade.
“If showing a retrospective is about seeing an evolution, I can imagine the difficulty of choosing 10 films out of 100,” Binoche said in a statement shared with IndieWire. “Acting in a film was for me an exploration of my present, my life and my being, confronting myself with the story of a film and with the people I worked with. Mostly I have had admiration for the artists I have had the privilege of working with and have often taken the opportunity of a new interpretation as an opportunity to be closer to art. Nothing else interests me more than truth, depth and being present. The need to share is what gives me purpose. Acting is the best way to be close to people, in their heart, in their mind and in their cells”.
See the complete programme Here.