Visions of Europe X LUMI Presents: Irma Vep

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GenreDrama, Comedy
Director(s)Olivier Assayas
Writer(s)Olivier Assayas
LanguageFrench, English
Running Time1HR 34MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

Oliver Assayas's live-wire international breakthrough, Irma Vep, is a witty critique of the nineties French film industry and the perennial tension between art and commercial entertainment.

Starring 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 silent crime serial Les vampires.

What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer, and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realise his vision.

Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial-arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth and Luna into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool.

Chosen by LUMI programmers and introduced by LUMI Programmer, Timotej Baca.

From 29 March to 18 April, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of films, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen. This year, all Visions of Europe screenings are Pay What You Can, find out more.

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