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June 8, 2023


(Dir. Bertrand Bonello, 2022)

Los Angeles premiere!
Exclusive video intro by Bonello to precede the film!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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A  teenager has a special power: she can bring us into her dreams but also  her nightmares. Locked in her room, her only relationship to the  outside world is virtual. She begins to go back and forth between dreams  and reality, guided by a disturbing and mysterious YouTuber, Patricia  Coma.

One of the sharpest minds in French cinema today, Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, House of Tolerance) was bound to treat us with a commentary on the pandemic. What comes as a surprise is the dark humour in Coma. Poised somewhere between essay and fantasy, this cinematic anomaly sheds light on his fatherly efforts  to connect with his daughter’s predicament and mirrors widespread  anxiety about our children’s future. Making use of ever-changing formats  that  include animation and stop-motion, observations abound on global  warming, geopolitics and our seeming inability to analyse what we see.  Odd obsessions, nefarious role models and harmful perceptions of gender  relations—there are many reasons why virtual life can terrify a parent.  Unless, like Bonello, you know that trust is the most important gift you  can bestow on your child.

Cathartic... a maximalist work made under extreme constraint.

- Erika Balsom, Film Comment

In an oversaturated market for pandemic-themed films, Coma is a delirious marvel of a reminder that, in the right hands, there is no such thing as an unfeasible subject.

- Rafaela Sales Ross, The Playlist

It’s Bonello’s willingness to be direct, not at the expense of his experimental impulses but in league with them, that makes [Coma] so effective—a doodle with the force of an incantation.

- Adam Nayman, Cinema Scope

A work of imaginative empathy... How  valuable it is to have this pandemic-era dispatch from Bonello, one of  the only directors since Lynch to grasp that in dreams begin  responsibility.

- David Katz, The Film Stage

A  heady rush of ideas... the film’s avant-garde mélange of live-action  footage, abstract video art, and multiple kinds of animation just barely  masks that it’s a rather simple story about a Zoomer’s inner struggle.

- Pat Brown, Slant Magazine

(Available to download after screening date)

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