Yann Gonzalez

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Q&A

YANN GONZALEZ: “MY CINEMA STARTED WITH A FANTASY, OF IMAGINING THE FILMS I COULDN’T WATCH”

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

French auteur Yann Gonzalez is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. His unique blend of queer sensibility, vintage mise-en-scène, particular taste for surreal passages, and a unique eye for building a rich and stimulating ensemble of performers, runs the span of eight shorts and two feature films. After watching the remarkable Knife + Heart at the last Cannes, we met Yann online for a particularly entertaining conversation, in which he talks about his beginnings in cinema, his work as a curator and his particular interests as a filmmaker. 

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Cannes

CANNES 2018: A BALANCE

By Mónica Delgado

It’s been over a week since the Golden Palm was awarded to Hirokazu Kore-eda Shoplifters, an event which closed a festival that kept its classics leitmotivs in a low key: miserabilism, cruelty or the overrating of a cinema with messages and big issues had its few peaks. Even if this year the program was better in quality compared to other edition, the jury, presided by Cate Blanchett, was discreet when awarding common themes, like the award given to the unambitious Kore-eda film, a plain family drama without any major stylistic attributes. Point aside was the jury prize to Capharnaum by Libanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, a fact which confirm that despite the good films that made this a noble edition, remains a liking for the kind of films that look to edify consciences through stories of misery, war and refugees.

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Cannes

CANNES 2018: KNIFE + HEART BY YANN GONZALEZ

By Mónica Delgado

In one side, Yann Gonzalez Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le Coeur) is a total stylistic bet, that harks back to seventies’ Giallo, in its fetishism of black gloves and knives. In the other, it is an affirmation of the inevitable relation between cinema and its consequences in reality, naïve as it sounds. The film, that carries the stylized atmospheres of Gonzalez’ previos works, it’s forged through a succession of murders by a serial killer who uses a phallus-kind knife. The victims are actors from different gay porn films, directed by Anne Pareze, a neurotic filmmaker (magnificently played by Vanessa Paradis), who little by little unveils where she takes the inspiration from her films.

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Cannes

CANNES 2018: KNIFE+HEART DE YANN GONZALEZ

Por Mónica Delgado

Por un lado, en Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le cœur) de Yann González es una apuesta total de estilo, que remite al Giallo de los años setenta, en su fetichismo de guantes negros y cuchillos. Y por otro, es una afirmación de la relación inevitable del cine y sus consecuencias en la realidad, aunque suene ingenuo. El film, que tiene las atmósferas estilizadas de los anteriores trabajos de Gonzalez, se forja a partir de una sucesión de asesinatos, a cargo de un asesino serial que usa un cuchillo en forma de falo. Las víctimas son actores de varias pornos gays, dirigidas por una neurótica cineasta, Anne Parèze (encarnada por una estupenda Vanesa Paradis), que poco a poco va develando de dónde extrae las inspiraciones de sus films.

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