Knife + Heart / Yann Gonzalez

  • Country and year: France 2018
  • Duration: 102 min
  • Director: Yann Gonzalez
  • Writer: Yann Gonzalez, Cristiano Mangione
  • Producer(s): Charles Gillibert
  • Cinematographer: Simon Beaufils
  • Music: M83
  • Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Noé Hernández, Jonathan Genet, Khaled Alouach
  • Format: DCP

“If Dario Argento, Brian De Palma and Kenneth Anger conceived a three-way love child while watching Cruising and listening to a Giorgio Moroder mix tape, the result would be something like French director Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart.
Taking the erotic kitsch and glamorously trashy aesthetics of his many shorts and first feature, You and the Night, to the next level, Gonzalez uses a murder mystery set in the late-’70s gay porn industry to explore deeper themes of desire, abandon and sexual repression, all of it with plenty of humor and blood splatters. — Knife indulges in the seductive, sleazy stylings of thrillers and horror flicks from the ’70s and ’80s (alongside movies by Argento and De Palma, the cult classic Liquid Sky also comes to mind here), with cinematographer Beaufils bathing scenes in oversaturated shades of blue and red as M83’s vintage beats blast on the soundtrack.” – Jordan Mintzer / The Hollywood Reporter

FINNISH PREMIERE

“Unfolds like a vintage slasher by way of Kenneth Anger, and proves to be every bit as fascinating”
– David Ehrlich / IndieWire

“Gogeous kinky giallo”
– Katherine McLaughlin / SciFiNow

”Should be one of the hottest tickets for gay audiences this year”
– Peter Debruge / Variety

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