MR. X / MR. X: A VISION OF LEOS CARAX

SYNOPSIS
After the release of Leos Carax’s expansive, breathtaking, and
unclassifiable Holy Motors in 2012—his first feature-length film since
1999, and only his fifth in 28 years—the director was met with the same
rapturous praise that greeted him at the outset of his career. Tessa
Louise-Salomé’s intriguing documentary on the filmmaker traces the
creation of each of his projects, beginning with his debut work, Boy Meets
Girl
(1984), made when Carax was only 23 years old. To learn more about
this sui generis auteur, Louise-Salomé talks with several of his most
important collaborators, including Denis Lavant, the simian, sinewy actor
who has appeared in all but one of Carax’s films and has largely served as
the director’s surrogate. French and American critics, programmers, and
filmmakers also sit down to elucidate the particular gifts of this visionary,
whose oeuvre is glimpsed via a trove of wisely chosen clips. Notoriously
press-shy, Carax himself remains somewhat of a ghostly presence
throughout the film, heard (largely via archival interviews) but rarely seen.
Like the incurable, articulate romantics who populate his films, Carax
remains eloquent and forthright.

“A cinephiliac romance! The titular director talks about his work, mostly in voiceover,
with brilliance and surprising openness, while ravishing clips dissolve in and
out of each other, making us hungry to see the films in their entirety again.”

—Amy Taubin, Film Comment

DIRECTOR
Tessa Louise-Salomé

SCREENPLAY
Tessa Louise-Salomé, Chantal Perrin-Cluzet and Adrien Walter

FEATURING
Juliette Binoche
Richard Brody
Kent Jones
Harmony Korine
Denis Lavant
Kylie Minogue
Michel Piccoli

GENRE Documentary
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 71’
PRODUCTION France, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Carlotta Films US