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August 15 & August 18, 2017


(Dir. Bertrand Bonello, 2016)

Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical presentation!
Co-presented by MUBI!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The new film by Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, House of Pleasures) is a terrorism thriller like no other, recalling Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably as much as it does George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  We first follow a group of tense, shifty adolescents as they prowl the  streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated  sequences that they’re already well underway with a bombing plot. And  then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these  subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in  consumer culture — clothes, televisions, toys, and a stirring soundtrack  that includes Blondie, Chief Keef, Shirley Bassey, Bonello’s menacing  electronic score, and Willow Smith. Will they survive the unseen,  encroaching authorities? Or, as the walls close in, will they even  survive each other? Nocturama presents no easy answers; what it does offer is one of the 21st century’s most stirring cinematic experiences. (Grasshopper)

A bravura feat of filmmaking.

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club

Audacious... noteworthy for eschewing the usual moralism that pervades most films determined to condemn terrorism.

- Richard Porton, Cineaste

Nocturama deals with terrorism through a very well-thought-out maze of smoke and  mirrors. It’s problematic on purpose, not intended as a portrait of  real-world terrorists but an allegory of nihilism and decadence.

- Howard Hampton, Film Comment

Nocturama is many things. Initially pitched as an action film, it turns out that  Bonello’s latest has more in line with action painting, slathering onto  its broad canvas an all-over mélange of genre iconography, pop  appropriations, and historical reference points, and navigating through  it all with impulsive shifts in attitude.

- Blake Williams, Cinema Scope

Nocturama’s  contemporaneity is a byway to its tragic classicism... the obfuscation  of cinematic pleasure and political rigor is [the film's] concurrent  fault line, whereby the demolition of barriers between so-called high  and low cultures is a signal boost for a post-capitalist utopia one  suspects will not really be waiting outside when the mall reopens.

- Steve Macfarlane, The Brooklyn Rail

(Available to download after screening date)

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