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Directed by Bertrand Bonello

France 2016 130 mins. In French

Bonnello’s (Saint Laurent) latest provocation is a film in two distinct and gripping parts: first, a procedural in which we follow a group of Parisian young people, crucially of varying backgrounds, as they carry out a sure-to-be-controversial, city-wide, premeditated terrorist plot; second, a waiting game, oscillating between tense, languid, and bizarre, and which clearly reveals the absolute brutality of the mass media and the militarized state apparatus. A 21st-century thriller of the moment, Nocturama asks impossible questions and alludes to geopolitical issues with a profoundly troubling yet thrilling wink. “A bravura feat of filmmaking.”—The A.V. Club.

Reviews: Cinema Scope, The Brooklyn Rail, The A.V. Club (first review), MUBI Notebook (first review), Little White Lies, Variety

Interviews: Interview with Bertrand Bonello at Cineuropa

Filmography: Saint Laurent (2014), House of Tolerance (2011), On War (2008), Tiresia (2003), The Pornographer (2001)

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