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Fri-Tue, Sep 16-20


  • Dir. François Ozon
  • France
  • 2022
  • 85 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French and German with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop
Fri, Sep 16 at 7:30pm: Introduction from Iggy Cortez, assistant professor of cinema and media arts and English at Vanderbilt University | BUY TICKETS

Acclaimed film director Peter Von Kant (Dennis Menochet) lives with his assistant Karl in a relationship fraught with all the power dynamics. His onetime muse, singer/actress Sidonie (POSSESSION’s Isabelle Adjani), introduces him to the fresh-faced ingenue Amir, a handsome young agent of twinky chaos in this reimagining of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder classic THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (screening Sat-Sun, Sep 17-18). From French master François Ozon, this is a work of sublime cruelty and sumptuous design, dizzy with the possibilities of using cinema to examine and expand upon cinema

“Both homage and critique, PETER VON KANT astutely gets under the skin of the lesbian-themed original, ekes out new resonances and proves both authentically Fassbinderian and altogether Ozonesque in its ironic sensibilities.” —Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“Playing his character as a blustery mix of John Falstaff and Franz Biberkopf, Menochet delivers career-best work, taking a (self-referential) film full of slight and rather naval-gazy pleasures and leaving his mark on every single frame.” —Ben Croll, IndieWire

“...Its skewering of celebrity is mischievously enjoyable and its declaration of love for a queer-cinema forefather disarmingly sincere.” —David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

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