Visionary and enigmatic, Leos Carax has authored some of the most beautiful moments of French cinema in the last 35 years, with a filmography that has never ceased to display his mastery of directing. A poetic genius with an overflowing imagination, "l’enfant terrible" of French cinema has consistently transcended filmic codes and genres to create a world full of visions and ghosts.
At the mere age of 24, Carax began a trilogy from which urban and nocturnal beauty emanated in a magical Paris. Shot in black-and-white, Boy Meets Girl (1984) paid tribute to silent films, to Cocteau’s universe and Godard's cinema.
With Bad Blood (1986), an ode to rhythm and love, starring Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche and Michel Piccoli, Carax establishes his hard-hitting emotional style and with it, finds his first international success. Dominated by an assertive aesthetic universe and lyricism, this expressionist thriller offers a one-of-a-kind visual experience.
In 1991, the director embarked on a most ambitious project, The Lovers on the Bridge. Recreating an entire Parisian neighborhood and a 3-year-long shooting offered to this ode to passionate love a legendary place in French cinema.
After 8 years of silence, Pola X (1999) marked Carax's return to the Festival de Cannes’ Competition. Following this adaptation of Melville's “Pierre, or, The Ambiguities” he returned to the Croisette with Merde, a short film part of a collective fantasy in three movements, Tokyo!, co-directed by Michel Gondry and Bong Joon-ho and presented at Un Certain Regard in 2008.
Finally, in 2012, Leos Carax returned in Competition in Cannes with Holy Motors, a meandering filmic experience that puts magic in reality and everyday life in fantasy. Another declaration of love for cinema, with Edith Scob, escaped from Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face.
"Every Leos Carax film is an event. And this one delivers on its promises! Annette is the gift that lovers of cinema, music and culture were hoping for, one that we have been yearning for during the past year," says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes.
"We couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful reunion with cinema and the silver screen, in the Palais des festivals where films come to assert their splendor", concludes Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. "Carax's cinema is an expression of these powerful gestures, these mysterious alchemies that makes the secret of cinema’s modernity and eternity."