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Leos Carax's Pola X presented by UCLA Film and Television Archive


The UCLA Film and Television Archive presents Pola X at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, with the guest speaker, Sandi Tran, a filmmaker and guest curator, on Friday, June 21st at 7:30pm,

This film by Leos Carax is 20 years old but has rarely been seen in the U.S. With a score by singer-songwriter Scott Walker that’s alternately lush and jagged, and bathed in numinous shadows by cinematographer Eric Gautier, Pola X was said to be loosely based on Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities, Herman Melville’s gothic, psychosexual ‘spirit autobiography.’ Indeed, its allure is occult. It involves romantic maybe-siblings played by Guillaume Depardieu and Yekaterina Golubeva, the boy’s mom (Catherine Deneuve), graphic sex, fast bikes, darkness and death (Sonic Youth shows up, too). Carax was reaching the tail end of his enfant-terriblehood (he was 38) and the film feels like his cinematic scream into the abyss of the oncoming millennium. 

The 35mm color film has a runtime of 134 minutes and will be presented in French with English subtitles.

Tickets are on sale for $10 and can be purchased here.