Toronto: Win Tix to see Claire Denis’ Violent Noir “BASTARDS” at TIFF Bell Lightbox


The work of French director Claire Denis’ is haunting, challenging and more often than not, brutal. Her bizarre 2002 cannibalism romance TROUBLE EVERY DAY is a favorite of this writer, with its amped up carnal shock, gorgeous imagery and dreamy score by Tindersticks. Denis’ latest arthouse genre film, the unsettling BASTARDS, also employs the sounds of Tindersticks and is currently unspooling at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto as part of their Denis spotlight. And FANGORIA wants to send two lucky readers to see it…

BASTARDS tells a hypnotic, multi-narrative that starts with a shoe mogul’s suicide, an incident that sets off a serpentine tale of greed, sex, death, revenge and ultra-violence. Like all Denis’ work, the image and mood are key elements to garnering an emotional connection to the material and in BASTARDS this aesthetic is as strong as ever. But there is an icy, film-noir sheen on BASTARDS, with its tapestry of characters that are hard to like and even harder to know. That it’s also a love story make it even more confounding an experience, and beautifully so.

BASTARDS runs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until the end of the month. To win one of two double passes to the screening of your choice, email me at Chris@fangoria.com with YOU BASTARD! in the subject line, and the date and time you want to see the film.

Winners will be chosen at random…

For more on the Denis retrospective and other great TIFF series’ (including the massive CRONENBERG: EVOLUTION exhibit and film series, in which FANGORIA is a co-presenter of select screenings) visit TIFF.

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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