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Preview: Titane (18)

28-30 December

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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Agathe Rousselle makes a ferocious debut as a killer on the run, in Julia Ducournau’s electrifying techno-chiller, fresh from its triumph at Cannes Film Festival.

One of the most provocative Palme d’Or winners ever, and only the second for a female director, Titane is a blast of lawless inspiration. French filmmaker Ducournau dazzled with cannibal-themed debut Raw, but goes way further in her genre-shattering follow-up. Unnerving newcomer Agathe Rousselle plays Alexia, a young woman who – following an accident in her childhood – has an unusual bond with cars, consummated by a strange encounter with one of the vehicles she writhes on in her job as a motor show dancer. When her murderous tendencies make her a fugitive, she disguises herself as a boy and forms a very ambivalent bond with the chief of a firefighting unit (French A-lister Vincent Lindon, venturing way outside familiar territory).

Gender fluidity, familial subversion, techno-sexual delirium and full-on violence take Titane (French for titanium) into the far reaches of genre futurism, with Ruben Impens’ cinematography pushing a trash-pulp aesthetic to a hyper-sophisticated new level. It’s extreme-dream cinema that pulls no punches in its metallic KO.

Content Warning: Titane is rated 18 for strong violence, horror and sex. It features intense sequences from the outset and throughout.

One of the wildest films ever to screen at Cannes.

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  • Director Julia Ducournau
  • Cast Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier
  • Country France/Belgium
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h48m
  • Certificate 18
  • Content Warning Strong violence, horror, sex, flashing images
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