The Tracking Board isn’t attending the Berlin Film Festival this year, although there’s a lot of films to report on, as the European Film Market brings out sellers and buyers for new film projects.
The synopsis for the sci-fi drama is simply, “a father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space.” Going by the first look picture of Pattinson above, he probably plays the father, and this should be an interesting film from Denis who previously ventured into the world of genre filmmaking with 2001’s Trouble Every Day. (At one point, that film’s star Vincent Gallo was also slated to star in High Life.)
A bit of digging adds some more details to the plot like the fact that the ship is inhabited by criminals who are on a suicide mission towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source “while being sexually experimented on by the scientists on board.” Yes, that last bit makes it sound a lot more like a Claire Denis film.
Denis has been an extremely prolific filmmaker since directing her first film Chocolat (not to be confused with the Johnny Depp film of the same name) in 1988. Other films of hers includes Beau Travail in 1999, and she has directed seven feature films and two shorts in the past ten years.
High Life is written by Denis with Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox and novelist Nick Laird, and it’s produced by Laurence Clerc, Oliver Dungey, Christoph Friedel, Andrew Lauren, DJ Gugenheim, Claudia Steffen, Olivier Thery-Lapiney and Klaudia Smeija.
The international rights to High Life are being handled by Wild Bunch with CAA handling domestic sales.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor