Dir: Gaspar Noé, 2018, France, 95 mins, Cert:18 TBC
Wed 17 October // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night.
In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they've been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD.
Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé's most brazen and visionary statement yet.
“FAME directed by the Marquis de Sade with a Steadicam" Variety
"a rollicking thrill ride of sweat, drugs and pounding disco music" ***** CineVue
"Noé is giving us a cinema of sensual outrageousness and excess that makes other films look middleaged and tame", Peter Bradshaw **** Guardian
Mark Kermode **** Observer