Outside Satan (Hors Satan)
Followed by opening reception sponsored by Beyond Kombucha and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States
France. Dir. Bruno Dumont. 2011, 110 mins. 35mm. With David Dewaele, Alexandra Lemâtre. The impassive hero of Dumont’s mysterious, monumental parable is a nameless drifter with miraculous powers who seems to exist beyond good and evil. In the stark, desolate hinterlands near the Calais coast, this Jesus—or is it Satan?—figure becomes the protector of an awkward young woman. An opaque spiritual allegory in a breathtaking setting, beautifully photographed in CinemaScope, Outside Satan recaptures the elemental power of Dumont’s earliest works, Life of Jesus and L’humanité. Like all his best films, it’s equal parts provocation and theological inquiry.
Outside Satan opens at Anthology Film Archives on January 18.
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