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Knife+Heart

Touted as the sort of erotic thriller Brian De Palma would have made in his heyday but for LGBTQ set, French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez's Knife+Heart is finding favor in both the grindhouse as well as the arthouse. Executed with an equal amount of kink and kitsch, Gonzalez masterfully uses the 70s gay porno as a backdrop to parody the erotic thriller genre while simultaneously delivering an unconventional story of empowerment, a wry and affectionate piece of queersploitation that is already being earmarked as a cult classic.

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife+Heart is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin.


Knife+Heart / Un couteau dans le coeur
Directed by Yann Gonzalez
Writers:  Yann Gonzalez and Cristiano Mangione
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury
Year : 2018
Runtime : 102 mins
Released by Altered Innocence 


NEW YORK
Opens on March 15 at Roxy Cinema and Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn with national roll out to follow. Q&A with director Yann Gonzalez on March 15 at Roxy Cinema and on March 16 at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn.

LOS ANGELES
Opens on March 22. Special screenings and Q&As at Landmark's Nuart Theatre with writer/director Yann Gonzalez and co-writer Cristiano Mangione in person on March 22 - 24, at 7:00pm.

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