Pioner Cinema, along with the “At the Cinema, At Last” festival, presents the Russian premiere of Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” – one of the most conceptual, provocative, and visually outstanding films of the year.
“Nocturama” (2016) is a new work by the French radical and aesthete Bertrand Bonello, which can be considered both a culminating piece in his trilogy about the nature of contemporary life (the two previous films were the scandalous “House of Tolerance” and “Saint Laurent,” which studied the times of a Parisian brothel at the turn of the century and the life of Yves St Laurent, respectively). “Nocturama” is an alarming study of the space of the “here and now,” in which consumerism and capitalism are paradoxically connected with terriorism, and protest against the system meets a dead end, without any chance for the slightest dialogue. This rebus-like film both falls into a moralistic stupor and simultaneously charms with its formal perfection, asking subtle questions and unmasking the obvious answers to them. The film became a festival hit and a critics’ favorite around the world, who praised Bonello’s “cubist” editing, which turns the film into a stunning abstraction.
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