Director: Olivier Assayas Run Time: 99 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1996 Language: French with English subtitles
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung’s Birthday Double Feature!
Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic 1915 crime serial Les vampires. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos and an obsessive director (Léaud) driving himself to the brink to realize his vision. – Janus Films
“Irma Vep’s director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that’s nearly as palpable as Truffaut’s.” – David Edelstein, Slate
“It’s a languorous love ballad, and a daring one, about the way moving pictures move, the way they hold light, the way they steal from us when we’re not looking.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
Double Feature with DAYS OF BEING WILD