Stars at Noon, The: Claire Denis’ New Romantic Thriller (Cannes 2022 Competition)

Claire Denis directed The Stars at Noon, a romantic thriller based on the novel of the same name Denis Johnson.

The movie features Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn and Danny Ramirez.

The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Fest.

Premise

A mysterious English businessman and American journalist, who struck up a romance. The must now team up to escape Nicaragua during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

Upon reading Johnson’s novel a decade earlier, seeing it as a love story between two people who develop a relationship solely due to the context of the revolution.

For her, “It’s also about the fear and the terror of love, the fear of failure.”

In April 2019, Denis tentatively the casting of Robert Pattinson after a screening at the Brattle Theatre of High Life, which also starred Pattinson.

In February 2020, A24 had acquired American distribution rights to Claire Denis’ next effort, with Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley.

Filming was expected to begin in April 2021 but did not begin at that time. Pattinson would exit the film due to scheduling conflicts by July, with Taron Egerton replacing him, and filming now set for an October 2021 start in Panama. This did pass, and in November Egerton left the project due to personal reasons, being replaced by Joe Alwyn. In January 2022 Danny Ramirez was announced as part of the cast.

Filming took place in Panama, beginning by December 2021.

Denis wished to shoot the film in Nicaragua but the re-election of President Daniel Ortega swayed her away from doing so: “I knew I could not, it would have been immoral.”

Cast

Margaret Qualley as Trish
Joe Alwyn as Daniel
Danny Ramirez