KNIFE + HEART
Backed by a throbbing soundtrack and spewing ‘70s grit and glam, a campy crew of gay porn auteurs is threatened by a masked killer as the production’s director herself descends into madness.
Destined to be a cult classic, filmmaker Yann Gonzalez’s (YOU AND THE NIGHT) Cannes competition entry is a welcomed jolt to the brain (among other places) that is as titillating as it is thrilling. Led by the ambitious and volatile Anne Pareze (Vanessa Paradis), a Parisian gay-porn production crew has made a name for themselves for creating low budget kitschy films in the summer of 1979. Anne spends her days cruising construction yards and streets for potential amateur stars and her nights becoming the soft-core Scorsese. When her lover and esteemed editor Lois (Kate Moran) dumps her, Anne is determined to create a magnum opus that will surely win her back. The increasingly deranged Anne finds inspiration in the switchblade dildo murders, staged in the ultimate campy grindhouse and giallo glory, which have plagued her sets. As the kill count rises, Anne becomes closer to achieving her dreams, but not before the killer targets her next. This wildly fun cinematic ride finds thrills, humor, and heart in a fever dream of retro ‘70s aesthetics that is brought to life with a pulsating score from Gonzalez’s brother Anthony of world renowned M83.
CAST: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Jonathan Genet
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